Clinton: US envoy's trip to North Korea still on

SINGAPORE, Nov 11, 2009 (AFP) - A US envoy will go ahead with a landmark trip to North Korea despite a naval clash between the Stalinist state and South Korea, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

"We are obviously hoping that the situation does not escalate and we are encouraged by the calm reaction that has been present up until now," Clinton told reporters at Asia-Pacific talks here.

"But this does not in any way affect our decision to send Ambassador (Stephen) Bosworth. We think that is an important step that stands on its own," she said, renewing US demands for North Korea to end its nuclear drive.

Source: AFP

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