Campbell due in Seoul for talks on N. Korea, alliance

October 24, 2012 9:23 am 

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 — The top U.S. government hand on East Asia will visit South Korea later this week for discussions on bilateral alliance issues and ways to deal with North Korea, the State Department said Tuesday.

Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, will travel to Seoul on Friday and Saturday to meet South Korean officials, according to the department.

The trip is intended to "continue our close consultation and coordination on the broad range issues of importance to our alliance, including the DPRK (North Korea), economic issues, and regional cooperation," the department said.

Before the trip to South Korea, Campbell plans to host Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai for the fourth U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations in San Francisco on Tuesday.

He will then head to Tokyo for consultations on "bilateral issues and U.S.-Japan coordination on regional and global issues such as Burma, Iran, and Syria," the department said.(PNA/Yonhap)

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