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U.S. Special Envoy To Visit DPRK For Trump-Kim Meeting

by February 5, 2019 General

WASHINGTON, The U.S. State Department, said that, the country’s special envoy on issues related to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will travel to Pyongyang, to prepare for the second summit of the two nations’ top leaders.

According to a statement issued by the State Department, Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for DPRK-related issues, will travel to Pyongyang on Feb 6, for meetings with his DPRK counterpart, Kim Hyok Chol, to lay the groundwork for U.S. President Donald Trump’s second meeting with Kim Jong Un, the DPRK’s top leader.

The travel also aimed to advance further progress on the commitments the President and Chairman Kim made in Singapore: complete de-nuclearisation, transforming U.S.-DPRK relations, and building a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, read the statement.

U.S. State Department said last month that, Biegun would travel to Seoul for a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Lee Do-hoon. He would also have follow-up meetings with his DPRK counterpart to discuss next steps to advance the goal of de-nuclearisation.

U.S.-DPRK relations improved last year, as Kim Jong Un and Trump held their first meeting in Singapore in Jun, reaching some consensus regarding the decades’ hostility between the two nations and the Korean Peninsula’s de-nuclearisation.

However, differences between the two sides remain, over key issues including the scale of de-nuclearisation, U.S. sanctions on the DPRK and whether to issue a war-ending declaration.

Earlier on Monday, Biegun, who arrived in Seoul Sunday, met with Chung Eui-yong, South Korean President, Moon Jae-in’s top national security adviser. During the meeting, Biegun explained the U.S. position ahead of the working-level discussion between Pyongyang and Washington, while Chung delivered his country’s assessment on current situations and issues to tackle.

Yonhap news agency earlier reported that Biegun would hold a working-level discussion with his DPRK counterpart on Tuesday (today), at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom for the second DPRK-U.S. summit.

Trump said last week that the date and location of his upcoming meeting with Kim has been decided and would be announced next week.

We’ll be announcing the location and the exact date, it’ll be end of Feb, Trump noted, adding that his administration will announce the venue and date next week.

Source: NAM News Network