U.S. Korea expert to visit N. Korea this week: report


SEOUL — A U.S. expert on Korea will visit Pyongyang later this week, making his first trip after Washington detailed allegations that the North had helped Syria build a reactor, a report said Monday. Sung Kim, director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Korean Affairs, last visited North Korea in April for talks over Pyongyang’s declaration of nuclear programmes.

“Kim is known to be preparing to visit Pyongyang later this week. A detailed schedule will be announced by the U.S.,” a South Korean foreign ministry source told Yonhap news agency. A spokesman for the U.S. embassy in Seoul declined to confirm the report.