South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy left for Russia on Tuesday for discussions on tensions over North Korea’s artillery attack of a South Korean island and revelations of a new nuclear facility.
Wi Sung-lac is scheduled to meet Wednesday with his Russian counterpart, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Borodavkin, to talk about the North’s Nov. 23 shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island and Pyongyang’s disclosure of a uranium enrichment facility.
Wi also plans to brief Russian officials on the outcome of a three-way meeting that the foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan held in Washington last week to discuss how to deal with the communist nation, the official said.
“This is part of efforts to increase cooperation with Russia at the six-party talks and on the issue of the uranium enrichment program,” Wi told Yonhap News Agency before his departure. “We will continue to work closely with Russia.”
Russia has taken a critical stance toward the North’s attack, contrasting with its reluctance earlier this year to back South Korea’s efforts to punish North Korea at the UN Security Council for the March sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors.