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Minister Kang to meet U.S. delegation tasked with summit preparations

All News 16:55 June 01, 2018

SEOUL, June 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will meet a U.S. delegation on Friday to discuss its recent talks with North Korea over a possible Washington-Pyongyang summit, her office said.

The delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, will visit Kang's office in Seoul at 5:30 p.m. It includes Allison Hooker, a White House official on Korea, and Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for East Asia.

The delegation held talks with the North's team, led by Pyongyang's Vice Foreign Minister, Choe Son-hui, at Tongilgak, a North Korea-controlled building in the border truce village of Panmujom, on Sunday and Wednesday.

They reportedly discussed key agenda items for the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, expected to be held on June 12 in Singapore.

Washington and Pyongyang are trying to salvage the summit, which was on the verge of collapse last Thursday when Trump walked away, citing "open hostility" from the North. Following the North's conciliatory gesture, Trump later suggested that the summit could happen as planned.

This photo, taken on May 24, 2018, shows Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha arriving at the National Assembly in Seoul to attend a parliametnary session. (Yonhap)


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