Monday, November 01, 2010

Former top US envoy to visit North Korea

A former top U.S. negotiator with North Korea will visit the communist nation this week, amid efforts to revitalize long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks on Pyongyang.

North Korea has invited Charles Pritchard, Washington's special envoy to the North under former President George W. Bush, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing a diplomatic source.

"We have learned that Pritchard will visit the country around November 2 or 3 at the North's invitation," Yonhap quoted the source as saying.

Pritchard, who also served as senior director for Asian affairs for former President Bill Clinton, now heads the Washington-based Korea Economic Institute.

Six-party talks aimed to curb the North's nuclear ambitions have been at standstill since the last meeting in December 2008.

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