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Biegun to visit S. Korea for N. Korea discussions
Updated: 2020-07-07 06:05:08 KST

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Trump's point-man on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is visiting South Korea for the first time in seven months.
South Korea's Foreign Ministry confirmed that Biegun is to stay in Seoul for three days starting Tuesdayto discuss North Korea with South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the two sides will share their assessments on the current situation on Korean Peninsula and ways to achieve practical progress in complete denuclearization and setting lasting peace.
Attention is on whether Biegun's visit to Seoul can provide any sort of breakthrough in the stalled nuclear negotiations.
The U.S. envoy could send a message to North Korea, calling to the regime for dialogue.
But it's unlikely that Pyeongyang would respond positively to any such calls.
North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui issued a statement over the weekend saying Pyeongyang won't be sitting down for talks with Washington.
She said the U.S. is not ready for revised negotiations and is rather using a summit with North Korea as a tool to win a presidential election.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State will also meet Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and the First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Sei-young to discuss bilateral relations.
Seoul-Washington defense cost-sharing, expanding the G7, or a U.S. initiative to establish an Economic Prosperity Network could be on the table.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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