Monday, February 02, 2009

U.S. Experts to visit North Korea

Seven former government officials and academics from the United States were en route to North Korea Monday in the first major civilian visit from Washington under the Obama administration, a report said.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said the group includes former US ambassador to Seoul Stephen Bosworth, reportedly a candidate for the post of special envoy to Pyongyang, and others who could help shape President Barack Obama's policy.

The trip was scheduled a year ago and appears to be part of routine academic exchanges, he said.

The group also includes Jonathan Pollack, a professor of Asian and Pacific studies at the Naval War College, former Assistant Secretary of State Morton Abramowitz, and Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council, Yonhap said.


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