From: Reuters
Published November 27, 2007 06:55 PM

Hill to visit North Korea next week: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - The chief U.S. negotiator for North Korean nuclear talks will visit the reclusive state next week for talks with a senior official and to monitor the disabling of nuclear facilities, Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

Senior U.S. envoy Christopher Hill will visit North Korea from December 3-5 and meet his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan, Kyodo reported, quoting a U.S. government official.

U.S. nuclear experts have been in North Korea to disable the Yongbyon reactor by the end of the year. North Korea closed down its main nuclear reactor in July under a deal reached in February with China, Japan, the United States, South Korea and Russia.

Impoverished North Korea has agreed to disable its nuclear facilities and eventually dismantle them in exchange for massive aid and better diplomatic ties with Washington and Tokyo. Hill is expected to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday before heading to Seoul on Thursday, Kyodo said.

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After leaving North Korea he will travel to Beijing on December 5, it said.

(Reporting by Chisa Fujioka; Editing by Mike Miller)

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