Seoul, Washington, Beijing Consult Over Cheonan Sinking

      May 13, 2010 11:03

      Consultations between South Korea, the U.S. and China are underway as an investigation into the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan is slated to conclude around May 20.

      Kurt Campbell (left) and Sung Kim

      Kurt Campbell, the U.S. assistant secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and Sung Kim, the special envoy for the six-party talks, on Tuesday met with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai in Beijing to discuss North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's recent visit to China and the six-party talks.

      Campbell stopped in Beijing on his way back from Southeast Asia and met Chinese officials to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula after the Cheonan incident ahead of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue on May 24.

      Sung Kim flew to Seoul on Wednesday and met with chief South Korean nuclear negotiator Wi Sung-lac to review North Korean activities after the shipwreck and discuss bilateral cooperation.

      On Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Yong-joon will fly to Washington to prepare a "two plus two" meeting of foreign and defense ministers of the two countries in July. He will also discuss possible sanctions against the North over the sinking of the Cheonan with U.S. officials.

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