'South Korean president-elect to meet US nuclear envoy next week'

South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak will meet the US nuclear negotiator for North Korea next week to talk about the communist North and Seoul-Washington relations, a news report said Thursday. Lee's meeting with Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, is likely to be held Jan. 10, Yonhap news agency reported, citing an unidentified official on Lee's transition team. "Their discussion would cover not only the North Korean nuclear issue, but also overall Korea-US relations and the situation in northeast Asia, as it's their first meeting since the election," the official was quoted as saying. Transition team officials said they had no information on the report. The team's main spokesman, Rep. Joo Ho-young, did not answer repeated calls.