Steven Bosworth, recently named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as special envoy to North Korea, is traveling this week to east Asia. The ambassador will be making stops in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing and Moscow. He will “consult on next steps to move the Six-Party process forward,” according to Clinton. Bosworth, a former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, is responsible for a range of issues concerning North Korea, including nuclear and sensitive weapons development and human rights.
The ambassador departs as North Korea is making plans to launch a communications satellite using ballistic missile technology. Experts believe the launch also has military purposes.
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