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South's Envoy Heads North to Revive Talks

April 03, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A South Korean special envoy left for North Korea today to persuade the North's Communist rulers to revive stalled diplomacy and shore up peace on the Korean peninsula.

Officials said the close aide to President Kim Dae Jung departed on a special flight to Pyongyang for a three-day visit that will be the first public contact between the two sides since November.

"I am going to Pyongyang to prevent the buildup of tensions on the Korean peninsula and open the channels of stalemated North-South relations," presidential security advisor Lim Dong Won said at a news conference before he left.

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