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Kerry set for talks on N. Korea with Chinese minister: State Dept.


By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with his Chinese counterpart later this week, North Korea will be a main agenda item, the State Department said Wednesday.

"Certainly DPRK, the nuclear issue surrounding that will be a key part of their discussion," the department's deputy spokeswoman, Marie Harf, said at a press briefing. She used the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will arrive in Washington on Thursday for a three-day trip, Harf said.

"On Thursday, September 19th, Secretary Kerry will host Foreign Minister Wang for a bilateral meeting and working lunch as part of our regular consultations," she said.

In all top-level talks between the U.S. and China, North Korea is a major subject, along with other regional and global issues.

This week's Kerry-Wang meeting comes as Beijing is stepping up efforts to revitalize the six-way negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

Meanwhile, Kerry plans to travel to New York next week to join the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, according to Harf.

"While in New York, Secretary Kerry will participate in a variety of meetings and side events highlighting U.S. leadership on multilateral issues -- including Syria, the Middle East peace process and economic diplomacy," she said.

The secretary is expected to meet bilaterally with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on the margins of the U.N. session.

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