March 10, 2010 11:17
Japan's chief nuclear envoy Akitaka Saiki is slated to visit South Korea on Friday for talks with his counterparts here on the resumption of the six-party nuclear talks.
Before the consular meeting in Jeju Island, Saiki will likely stop by in Seoul to sit down with South Korea’s point man on the six-way talks, Wi Sung-lac, to discuss ways to coax North Korea back to the negotiating table, a Seoul foreign ministry official said.
Saiki met his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei in Beijing on Tuesday. His upcoming visit to Seoul is the second by a senior Japanese official in less than a month, following a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two nations in February.
Experts say the Japanese envoy's visits to South Korea and China as well as a series of meetings between and among members of the six-party talks in recent months may be signs that the multilateral nuclear dialogue could resume shortly.
Seoul officials say the government is not opposed to any form of contact as long as it leads to the resumption of the six-party talks aimed at the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
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