US and North Korea of­fi­cials to meet in Asia ahead of sum­mit

Millennium Post - - Mp World -

SEOUL: The United States and North Korea will meet again this month in an uniden­ti­fied Asian coun­try ahead of their lead­ers’ planned sec­ond sum­mit in Viet­nam in late Fe­bru­ary, South Korean of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

The US spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, vis­ited Py­ongyang last week to work out de­tails of the Fe­bru­ary 27-28 sum­mit be­tween Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Af­ter be­ing briefed by Biegun about his dis­cus­sions in North Korea, South Korea’s pres­i­den­tial of­fice said that the US and North Korea used Biegun’s trip as a chance to ex­plain what con­crete steps they want from each other.

South Korea’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser Chung Eui-yong, who met Biegun, re­ported that Us-north Korea diplo­macy “is work­ing well,” pres­i­den­tial spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. He said a fol­low-up Us­north Korea meet­ing ahead of the sum­mit will take place in a third coun­try in Asia in the week that be­gins Fe­bru­ary 17.

In Py­ongyang, Biegun and Kim Hyok Chol, North Korea’s spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for US af­fairs, dis­cussed “ad­vanc­ing Trump and Kim’s Sin­ga­pore sum­mit com­mit­ments of com­plete de­nu­cle­ari­sa­tion, trans­form­ing Us-(north Korea) re­la­tions, and build­ing a last­ing peace on the Korean Penin­sula,” the US State Depart­ment said in a state­ment.

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