Japan’s chief North Korea envoy heading to Seoul


SEOUL — Japan’s chief nuclear negotiator on North Korea will visit Seoul this week, a report said Sunday, amid efforts to garner international condemnation of Pyongyang’s new nuclear program.

Yonhap news agency said Shinsuke Sugiyama, who in January became Tokyo’s top envoy for frozen six-party nuclear talks, will meet his Seoul counterpart Wi Sung-Lac to discuss a response to the North’s uranium enrichment efforts. Sugiyama will also meet South Korean diplomats to discuss ways to resume the long-stalled negotiations on the communist nation during a three-day visit beginning Monday, Yonhap said, citing a foreign ministry official in Seoul.

The South’s foreign ministry declined to comment.