U.S. Treasury sanctions chief to visit S. Korea next week

SEOUL, July 26 (Yonhap) -- The United States official in charge of imposing sanctions on North Korea will visit South Korea next week to discuss bilateral cooperation, Seoul's foreign ministry said Friday.

David S. Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Department of the Treasury, will visit South Korea on Monday for a two-day trip," Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Cho Tai-young said in a briefing.

"The visit is intended for general discussions on (bilateral) cooperation relating to sanctions," he said, adding that the U.S. official will meet with Cho Tae-yong, South Korea's chief negotiator to the long-stalled six-party talks.

The six-way dialogue involving the two countries as well as North Korea, China, Japan and Russia is designed to persuade the North to discard its internationally condemned nuclear programs, but the talks have been suspended since late 2008.

Cohen is also believed to meet with Seoul's finance officials to discuss ways to step up cooperation in implementing sanctions on the North as well as Iran.

The upcoming visit is part of Cohen's Asia trip, which will also bring him to Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

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