South Korea to send nuclear envoy to North Korea
The delegation will discuss buying fuel rods from a North Korean reactor, a step in the North's disarmament process.
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North Korea last month said it wanted to send a representative to the Jan. 20 inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. But Washington has so far remained reluctant to accept the request, according to South Korean government sources.
"The North, through its United Nations mission office in New York, conveyed the message that it can send Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye-gwan as a representative to the inauguration ceremony," said the source. The message was first delivered to The Korea Society, an U.S. nonprofit organization that promotes Korea-U.S. relations, and was later delivered to the Obama transition staff....
The latest request from Pyongyang ... clearly indicates that the North is poised to take a more cooperative stance towards Washington, with a new liberal administration in charge.
According to the Associated Press, Washington has rejected the idea of a North Korean presence at Obama's inauguration. The offer is nonetheless "another sign the regime is eager to forge good relations with the next U.S. administration," reports AP.
A senior North Korean official indicated last November that the reclusive country will relinquish its nuclear arsenal only after diplomatic relations with the United States are established, a source close to U.S.-North Korea ties said Friday.
The unidentified official signaled the stance at a Nov. 7 meeting in New York sponsored by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a New York think tank, the source said.