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N. Korean envoy on U.S. leaves for Hanoi for pre-summit talks

North Korea 17:58 February 20, 2019

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's point man on the United States left Beijing for the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Wednesday to hold talks on the agenda of a summit between the two sides next week.

Kim Hyok-chol, special representative for U.S. affairs of the State Affairs Commission, arrived in the Chinese capital a day earlier, accompanied by two other officials: Kim Song-hye, director of the United Front Department's tactical office, and Choe Kang-il, acting director-general for the foreign ministry's North American affairs.

They apparently stayed overnight at North Korea's embassy here.

North Korean officials walk to board a plane bound for Hanoi at the Beijing international airport on Feb. 20, 2019. (Yonhap)

Kim is expected to meet with his American counterpart, Stephen Biegun, in Hanoi to discuss what will be covered in two-day talks between President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi next Wednesday and Thursday.

Biegun departed from Washington D.C. for the city, according to the State Department.

In the pre-summit negotiations, they will likely to draft a joint statement to be issued after the summit which media is to call the Hanoi Declaration.


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