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Senior N. Korean official to attend academic forum in U.S.: Yonhap.

SEOUL, Sept. 30 Kyodo

A senior North Korean official in charge of policies on South Korea will attend a private academic forum in the United States next month, a South Korean official in Seoul said Friday, according to Yonhap News Agency.

Won Tong Yon, deputy director of the United Front Department of the North's ruling Workers' Party, will travel at the invitation of a professor at the University of Georgia, the unidentified official said.

''To my understanding, the U.S. government recently issued visas for Deputy Director Won and six other people traveling with him,'' the official was quoted as saying.

Two South Korean lawmakers -- Won Hee Ryong of the ruling Grand National Party and Park Joo Sun of the main opposition Democratic Party -- are also expected to attend the seminar, raising the possibility of a meeting between the sides.

The official, however, played down the significance of the visit, saying Won Tong Yon is unlikely to meet with U.S. or South Korean officials there.

Won Tong Yon will be attending the forum as a member of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee rather than as deputy director of his department.

The committee is affiliated with the department and handles inter-Korean affairs, Yonhap said.
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Date:Oct 3, 2011
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