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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Seoul Head Plans Trip To Moscow

SEOUL -- President Kim Young-sam of South Korea will visit Russia and Uzbekistan June 1-6 to strengthen bilateral economic and political relations with the two countries, the presidential office announced Wednesday. The visits would expand South Korea's diplomatic sphere and help promote peace on the divided Korean peninsula, chief presidential spokesman Chu Don-shik said. In Moscow, Kim will hold talks with President Boris Yeltsin on North Korea's disputed nuclear program , he said. The announcement came just as Kim, in one of the strongest statements he has ever directed at the North, warned Pyongyang that "if it continues nuclear development ... it will inevitably walk the path of self-destruction." Seoul officials think their Russian counterparts may raise an earlier proposal for an international conference of Russia, the United States, China, Japan and the two Koreas to discuss ways of resolving controversy around the nuclear development program. South Korea is reluctant to consider the proposal, believing that it may complicate current international efforts to resolve the issue through the UN Security Council. The two leaders will also discuss ways of promoting peace in northeast Asia in general and sign agreements expanding cultural, economic and technological links between their countries, Chu said. From Moscow, Kim will fly to Uzbekistan for a three-day visit starting on June 4. There, he will hold a summit with President Islam Karimov.