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'N. Korea Diplomat Expected to Contact Ex-US Officials in Moscow'

'N. Korea Diplomat Expected to Contact Ex-US Officials in Moscow'

Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday that a senior North Korean diplomat is expected to meet with former U.S. government officials when she attends a nonproliferation conference in Russia later this month.

Citing a U.S. diplomatic source, RFA said that Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American affairs bureau at Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry, plans to attend the 2017 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference set to open October 19th for a three-day run.

The report said that as former U.S. officials are also expected to attend, an informal dialogue between two sides is likely to take place.

According to the source, Choe will attend the conference in the capacity as head of a North Korean foreign ministry research institute dedicated to U.S. affairs.

She plans to attend multilateral discussions as a panelist during October 21st morning and afternoon sessions of the conference each addressing Northeast Asia security and Korean Peninsula tensions.

U.S. participants known to attend the meeting include former Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, former State Department special adviser Robert Einhorn, and nuclear scientist and North Korea expert Siegfried Hecker. 

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