SEOUL, South Korea — A senior Chinese envoy was in North Korea on Monday on a mission to persuade the reclusive state to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks, reports said, while officials from the two Koreas met in the North to discuss restarting joint tour programs.
Wang Jiarui, a top Communist Party official, will likely meet Monday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to discuss the stalled six-party nuclear talks, the South Korean cable network YTN reported, without citing its source.
The visit from North Korea's chief ally and benefactor comes amid an international push to get North Korea back to negotiations on dismantling the regime's nuclear program. U.N. political chief B. Lynn Pascoe also was due in Pyongyang this week.
A South Korean delegation, meanwhile, traveled to a North Korean border town to discuss restarting tours to the North's famed Diamond Mountain resort and ancient sights in downtown Kaesong. The tours, which offered South Koreans and others a rare chance to visit North Korea, were suspended in 2008 amid inter-Korean tensions.