Top US ne­go­tia­tor ar­rives in South Korea amid hopes for eas­ing ten­sions

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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. —

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