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(LEAD) Biegun undergoing coronavirus testing upon arrival in S. Korea

Diplomacy 19:56 July 07, 2020

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SEOUL, July 7 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and his delegation were undergoing coronavirus tests upon arriving in South Korea on Tuesday, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul said.

"Out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with Republic of Korea health authorities, Deputy Secretary of State and Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, members of his delegation, and the military air crew are currently undergoing testing for COVID-19 at Osan Air Base," an embassy spokesperson said.

"Upon confirmation that all individuals have received negative test results, the delegation will proceed to Seoul," the official said.

Biegun's delegation landed at the U.S. Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, around 3 p.m., on a three-day trip for talks about North Korea's denuclearization.

The testing has apparently caused a delay in Biegun's departure from the air base for Seoul, reportedly leading to the cancellation of a dinner that U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris had planned to host for the No. 2 American diplomat.

This photo shows a plane believed to be carrying U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and his delegation after it landed at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul, on July 7, 2020. (Yonhap)


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