Pyongyang’s main nuclear envoy holds talks in U.S.

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Pyongyang’s main nuclear envoy holds talks in U.S.

NEW YORK - North Korea’s main nuclear negotiator on Wednesday held talks with U.S. academics in New York as part of a private visit amid new hopes of disarmament progress after the isolated state agreed to freeze its weapons program.

Ri Yong-Ho, a vice foreign minister and chief envoy to international nuclear talks, spoke with academics at a New York hotel.

The talks were part of a forum organized by Syracuse University which South Korea’s nuclear envoy Lim Sung-Nam was also to attend. No details on the talks have been given.

It was not immediately known, however, whether Ri would go to Syracuse in New York state or what other meetings he would have. Ri has been the North Korean lead negotiator for the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which have been suspended since April 2009.

His three-day visit, however, comes after a breakthrough agreement that will provide U.S. food aid to the North in exchange for the suspension of its nuclear program.

North Korea and the United States are discussing the delivery of 240,000 metric tons of food aid after Pyongyang agreed to freeze nuclear and missile tests as well as its uranium enrichment program. AFP

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