US diplomat travels to China for talks with N Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department's top Korea expert will travel to China for talks meant to spur North Korea to agree to a plan allowing inspectors to verify its declared nuclear program.

The State Department says Sung Kim will leave Wednesday for China. He has no plans to meet with North Korean officials while in Beijing.

Kim is the Bush administration's special envoy for six-nation nuclear disarmament talks. He is expected to finish his meetings during the weekend.

The Bush administration says it will remove the North from a U.S. terror blacklist after Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) has agreed to a full nuclear verification plan.

North Korea demolished its nuclear reactor's cooling tower in June. The destruction was meant as a symbol of the North's commitment to abandoning nuclear weapons.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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