Senior South Korean and Russian diplomats will meet in Seoul this week to discuss efforts to restore the Six-Party Talks.
Heading the Russian delegation is the country’s deputy chief Six-Party Talks envoy, Grigory Logvinov. He is scheduled to meet with Lim Sung Nam, South Korea’s envoy, tomorrow.
“Ambassador Logvinov and Lim plan to hold in-depth discussions about North Korea’s nuclear issue and other overall matters with regard to North Korea,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade official noted, adding that South Korea is hoping to find ways “to move forward on the North’s nuclear issue.”
Logvinov is also expected to discuss a stalled natural-gas pipeline crossing North Korean territory.
The visit also follows on from news of Russia’s plan to forgive 90% of North Korea’s $11 billion Soviet-era debt and invest the remainder in development projects. Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak discussed the plan during a visit to Pyongyang at the end of May.
Further elaboration as to the details of the debt settlement has not been release.
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