Top US negotiator arrives in South Korea amid hopes for easing tensions
SEOUL — The United States’ top negotiator with North Korea arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, a visit that comes as hopes rise for an easing of tensions on the peninsula in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s visit and a lull in missile testing.
Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun will meet with South Korean and international off icials, according to the US State Department, although there is no indication his visit will include talks with the North.
Seoul’s foreign ministry said Mr. Yun is scheduled for talks with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon on Friday on the sidelines of an international conference on disarmament, jointly hosted by the ministry and the United Nations on the resort island of Jeju.
South Korea-born Mr. Yun has been at the heart of reported direct diplomacy in recent months with Kim Jong Un’s regime in North Korea, which accelerated its program of nuclear and missile testing earlier this year. Using the so- called “New York channel,” he has been in contact with diplomats at Pyongyang’s United Nations mission, a senior State Department off icial told Reuters in early November. —