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S. Korea's top nuke envoy mulls visit to U.S. as early as this week

South Korea's top nuclear envoy is considering visiting the United States as early as this week to explain the outcome of the planned cross-border dialogue over Pyongyang's possible participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics slated for next month, sources said Sunday.

Should he visit Washington, Lee Do-hoon is expected to meet with his U.S. counterpart Joseph Yun, to discuss the results of high-level inter-Korean talks, set to take place on Tuesday, and explore ways to resume denuclearization dialogue.

The upcoming talks between the two Koreas have raised hopes for a thaw in the inter-Korean ties that have been frayed by Pyongyang's unceasing provocations, including nuclear and long-range missile tests last year.

But conservatives here have voiced concerns that the reclusive state could use the talks to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington and blunt the momentum for international sanctions designed to bring it to the talks on its denuclearization. (Yonhap)

This photo, taken on Nov. 28, 2017, shows South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon at the Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, before departing for the United States. (Yonhap)

Kim Sua  edt@koeapost.com

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