A top Chinese official who visited Pyongyang this week is scheduled to arrive in Seoul later on this Thursday, raising speculation that progress is being made in international efforts to denuclearize North Korea.
An official at the South's foreign ministry confirmed Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmen's three-day visit to Seoul until Saturday, where he will meet with a number of officials here, including the chief negotiator to the six-party nuclear talks.
Liu's trip to Pyongyang has been closely watched, especially since it came after the top diplomats of Beijing and Washington recently said they exchanged proposals on ways to spur the North to disarm its nuclear weapons.
And whatever was discussed between the two ministers was likely relayed to Pyongyang by Liu, and he is expected to give details of his North Korea trip in Seoul.
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