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NORTH KOREAN ENVOY DEPARTS FROM BEIJING
Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's vice foreign minister and chief negotiator, arrives at the VIP arrival and departure terminal at the airport in Beijing, China, on Thursday, February 15, 2007. The two Koreas agreed to resume stalled high-level talks later this month, officials said on Thursday, in the first concrete sign of easing tensions on the divided peninsula after the North signed a breakthrough disarmament agreement. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)
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Kim Gye Gwan (b. July 6, 1943 in North Pyongan) is a North Korean diplomat. His official position is First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to which he was promoted (from just Vice Minister) immediately before the Korean Workers' Party Congress of 28 September 2010. He is the leading figure in international talks over the country's nuclear weapons program, including the six-party talks in Beijing.

North Korea agreed 2007-02-13, with the help of Kim Kye Gwan, to disarm their nuclear program. This includes shutting down its nuclear reactor and eventually dismantling its atomic weapons program, just four months after the communist state shocked the world by testing a nuclear bomb. Kim Kye Gwan is North Korea's leading spokesperson and head negotiator in matters concerning the North's nuclear ambitions, and will most likely enter the limelight for his role in facilitating North Korea's Nuclear Disarmament deal struck in February.

Kim met with Christopher Hill, the U.S. assistant secretary of state, when Hill visited Pyongyang in June 2007, afterwards announcing that North Korea would promptly shut down its Yongbyon nuclear facility.

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