Left is Stephen Bigan, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea (source: Reuters)
Overseas Network, Dec. 19, according to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday (18) that because the date of direct talks between high-level U.S. and North Korean leaders is still uncertain, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun will visit South Korea this week.
In a brief statement, the Ministry said that Stephen Began would visit Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday to have a dialogue with senior South Korean officials on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The statement also mentioned that in order to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the talks will also promote relevant North-South cooperation projects between the two Koreas.
According to previous reports on overseas websites, the first US-DPRK summit meeting was held in Singapore on June 12 this year. This is also the first time that the incumbent leaders of the United States and the DPRK have met in their history. Both sides signed historic documents and jointly issued statements. The United States has pledged to provide security guarantees for North Korea, and Kim Jong-un has reiterated his unswerving commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
However, with the temporary suspension of U.S. Secretary of State Pompeos visit to the DPRK at the end of August, the DPRK and the United States basically interrupted various high-level exchanges. On October 9, Trump said that the second DPRK-US summit meeting would be held after the mid-term elections in the United States on November 6, but it failed to materialize as scheduled. Negotiations on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the United States were once again deadlocked.
Reported that despite repeated delays in high-level talks between the DPRK and the United States, the United States still believes that the second Kings Meeting will be held early next year.
First Jinte Meeting (Image Source: Visual China)
It is also reported that the DPRK-US relations have been strained recently due to a series of sanctions. The head of the Policy Research Department of the American Institute of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK said in a speech on the 16th that the U.S. put the DPRK leaders on the U.S. sanctions list for the so-called human rights issues as a provocative act. The unnamed official of the DPRK Foreign Ministry mentioned that during the six months following the Singaporean meeting between the DPRK and the US leaders, senior officials such as the US Secretary of State maliciously assaulted the DPRK every day.
He also said that threats, intimidation and repression were not the way to solve the problem. The DPRK advocates building trust first and improving DPRK-US relations by starting with what can be done and proceeding step by step.
Source: Author of Overseas Network: Editor of Zhao Kuan Liability: Li Tianyi_NN7528