SKorea's new nuclear envoy heads to US for talks

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Posted: Oct 05, 2011 11:58 PM
SKorea's new nuclear envoy heads to US for talks

South Korea's new chief nuclear envoy is heading to the United States for talks on North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry says Lim Sung-nam left on a three-day trip Thursday to meet with State Department and White House officials.

Lim was appointed nuclear envoy this week. He replaces Wi Sung-lac, who was named South Korea's ambassador to Russia.

The Foreign Ministry says the replacement is a routine personnel reshuffle and doesn't signal any policy change on long-stalled six-nation nuclear talks.

North Korea wants to resume the disarmament-for-aid talks immediately. But Seoul and Washington say North Korea must first abide by commitments it made in earlier rounds of the talks.