N. Korean official to visit security conference in U.S.
BY JEAN H. LEE
SEOUL, South Korea — In another sign of warming relations, a senior North Korean nuclear negotiator will attend a security conference in the United States, a person with knowledge of talks between Washington and Pyongyang told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Word of Ri Yong Ho’s visit to the forum at Syracuse University follows a breakthrough agreement that will provide much-needed U.S. food aid to North Korea in exchange for a rollback of its nuclear programs.
The agreement, announced Wednesday, sets in motion a plan laid out by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il before his death in December to improve relations with the U.S. and to get back to six-nation disarmament-for-aid negotiations.
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