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S. Korean nuclear envoy to visit Japan for talks from Tue.


South Korea's nuclear envoy to six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program will make a three-day visit to Tokyo from Tuesday for talks with Japanese officials, the country's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

During his visit, Hwang Joon Kook plans to meet with Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at Japan's Foreign Ministry, the ministry said in a statement.

Hwang is also to meet with academic figures and journalists.

Topics to be covered during his visit include North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and the recent talks between Japan and North Korea, the statement said.

The six-party talks, involving the two Koreas, China, the United States, Japan and Russia, were last held in late 2008.

Japan has tried to assuage concerns of the United States and South Korea that it is out of step with them in pressuring North Korea into denuclearization, since Tokyo lifted part of its unilateral sanctions in early July in return for Pyongyang's launch of a probe into the whereabouts of Japanese nationals abducted in the 1970s and 1980s.