Senior U.S. Diplomat in Seoul to Discuss N.Korea's Uranium Program

      January 26, 2011 11:43

      James Steinberg

      James Steinberg, the U.S. deputy secretary of state, arrived in Seoul on Wednesday to brief senior Foreign Ministry officials including Minister Kim Sung-hwan on the latest U.S.-China summit and discuss the question of taking North Korea's uranium enrichment program to the UN Security Council.

      "The U.S. persuaded China to join it in expressing concerns about the North's uranium enrichment," a government official said on Tuesday. "But it's unclear whether China will actually agree to the UNSC adopting sanctions against the North." He added Seoul and Washington are determined to highlight the illegality of the program through the council.

      Steinberg will also meet Chinese State Councilor for foreign affairs Dai Bingguo in Beijing on Friday, asking China to exert its influence on Pyongyang over the North's nuclear program.

      Russia, a permanent member of the UNSC, will likely approve of discussing the North's uranium enrichment program, which Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has harshly criticized.

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