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US Envoy to Visit North Korea

WASHINGTON – US Special Envoy for North Korea will meet his North Korean counterpart in Pyongyang to prepare a summit which is to be held later this month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US State Department announced, VOA reported Tuesday.
US envoy Stephen Biegun said last week that he plans to negotiate with his new North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok Chol in order to define “a set of concrete results” for another round of talks between Trump and Kim.
Mr Biegun said he would aim for a “road map of future negotiations and declarations, as well as a shared understanding of the desired results of our joint efforts.”
An unprecedented first summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un last June in Singapore gave Kim a vague pledge to work for the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, where US troops have been stationed since the 1950 Korean War.
In the U.S. view, Pyongyang has yet to take concrete steps to give up a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States, while North Korea has complained that Washington has done little to reciprocate its freezing of nuclear and missile testing and dismantling of some nuclear facilities.
Pyongyang has repeatedly called for the lifting of sanctions by the United States, the official end of the war and security guarantees.
On Thursday, Biegun said Kim Jong Un pledged to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to dismantle and destroy his country’s plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities in exchange for corresponding “United States.
Biegun said such measures would be the subject of talks this week and that Washington was willing to discuss “many actions” to improve relations and encourage Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. At the same time, he drew up a long list of demands, including a full disclosure of North Korea’s weapons program.
Biegun held talks with South Korean officials in Seoul on Sunday and Monday.
Trump praised Thursday “the huge progress” in his relations with North Korea and said that the date and venue of a second summit would be announced “early next week” – probably during his speech on the State of the Union Tuesday.
The central resort of Vietnam, Danang, was considered the most likely location.
The director of US national intelligence services, Dan Coats, told Congress Tuesday that it was unlikely that North Korea would abandon all its nuclear weapons and continue its activities, in contradiction with the promises of denuclearization.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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