US nuclear envoy to visit Romania, Poland, Sweden to discuss N. Korea’s threats, ties with Russia

The top U.S. nuclear envoy will visit Romania, Poland and Sweden next week to discuss North Korea’s military threats and its growing ties with Russia, the State Department said Friday.

From Monday through Friday, U.S. Senior Official for North Korea Jung Pak is set to travel to Bucharest, Warsaw and Stockholm for talks on challenges from the North’s “unlawful nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, malicious cyber activity, and deepening military and political partnership with Russia,” according to the department.

“She will also discuss opportunities for promoting dialogue and diplomacy with the DPRK,” the department said in a press release. DPRK stands for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Her travel is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to coordinate closely with allies and partners on the global security implications of the DPRK threat,” it added.

Her planned trip comes amid the growing need for tighter international cooperation to address North Korean threats following Russia’s recent veto of a resolution on the annual renewal of a U.N. panel monitoring the enforcement of sanctions against the North.

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