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Nuke envoys of S. Korea, U.S. to hold talks on N. Korea in Singapore

All News 13:59 June 01, 2019

By Oh Seok-min

SINGAPORE, June 1 (Yonhap) -- The chief nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States were to hold a meeting in Singapore on Saturday to discuss ways to bring North Korea back to the negotiation table, an official said.

Lee Do-hoon, the ministry's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, and Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, "will have a one-on-one meeting later in the day" on the sidelines of the Asia Security Forum, also known as the Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore, the official said.

Earlier in the day, Lee held a breakfast meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Kenji Kanasugi. The three nuclear envoys also held a dinner meeting on Friday.

"Lee and Biegun have been actively exchanging opinions to find ways to resume dialogue with North Korea," the official said.

Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang are at a stalemate following the no-deal summit in February between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.

Both Seoul and Washington have called on North Korea to return to negotiations on its denuclearization, stressing that the door for diplomacy remains open.

On Thursday, the State Department said in a release that Biegun will visit Singapore from May 31-June 2 to attend the dialogue and to meet the officials "to discuss continued coordination on our goal of the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea."

Lee Do-hoon (R), Seoul's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs; U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun (L); and Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau meet reporters at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore on May 31, 2019, after trilateral talks on North Korea's denuclearization. (Yonhap)


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