US envoy in Seoul on peace mission
The United States' point man on North Korea arrived in Seoul yesterday, calling for "serious negotiations" to ease tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme and deadly attack on a South Korean island.
Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, the US special representative for North Korea policy, said he would closely coordinate with South Korea and China on how to deal with Pyongyang.
"We believe that serious negotiations must be at the heart of any strategy for dealing with North Korea and we look forward to being able to launch those at a reasonably early time," he told reporters at the airport.
China has proposed bringing together the envoys of long-stalled six-nation disarmament talks on the nuclear-armed North to defuse tensions.