October 06, 2011 13:45
Lim Sung-nam, who has been appointed top negotiator to the six-party nuclear talks, attended denuclearization talks with North Korea in Beijing last month along with his predecessor Wi Sung-lac, it emerged Wednesday.
A government source said, “Due to the importance of the issue, Lim attended the meeting as an observer."
After the first round of the talks finished in Bali, Indonesia in July this year, the South Korean government appointed Wi to the post of ambassador to Russia, and Lim, who was a senior diplomat at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing at the time, was named to take over.
Lim has been deputy leader of the South Korean delegation to the six-party talks since January 2007, and contributed to an agreement, now void, that specified the process of North Korean denuclearization. Chun Young-woo, the presidential aide for foreign affairs and national security, was chief negotiator at the time.
Lim is fluent in English, Chinese and Japanese.
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