DATA FIGURE: Li Duxun (right) and Bigan (Korean Associated Press)
Overseas Network, Dec. 20, Yonhap quoted foreign sources as saying that on the same day, South Korean Foreign Minister Li Duxun will meet with visiting U.S. Special Representative for DPRK Policy, Bigan, and have dinner with him.
According to the report, it is predicted that the two sides will discuss a plan to find a breakthrough in the stalemate negotiations on denuclearization between the DPRK and the US.
At present, the negotiations on denuclearization between the United States and North Korea are deadlocked. (New Zealand News Agency)
When Bigan arrived in South Korea yesterday (19), he told reporters that the United States would re-examine measures to prohibit American citizens from traveling to North Korea in order to guarantee unrestricted humanitarian assistance to the DPRK.
The report also said that the two sides are expected to exchange views on the impact of the U.S. measure on the denuclearization negotiations. In addition, North Koreas top leader Kim Jong-uns forthcoming New Years address has attracted attention, and South Korea and the United States will discuss measures to deal with it.
So far, the specific schedule of Bigens day has not yet been announced.
South Korean Unification Minister Zhao Mingjun (New Zealand News Agency)
Tomorrow (21) morning, Bigan will pay a visit to South Korean Unification Minister Zhao Mingjun, and then co-chair the second meeting of the Korea-US Working Group on North Korea with Li Duxun. It is reported that the two sides will discuss the issue of exemption from sanctions for Korean-Korean cooperation projects, including the commencement ceremony of the inter-Korean railway and highway docking project, the video reunion of separated family members, the upgrading and renovation of Korean nurseries and the opening of international flights through the Korean-Korean sea area.
At the second meeting of the ROK-US Working Group on DPRK relations, the two sides will coordinate the recent DPRK-US contacts and the DPRK nuclear diplomacy strategy to achieve substantive progress in the process of denuclearization. In addition, the two sides will also hold close consultations on DPRK nuclear and DPRK issues such as Korean-DPRK relations, a spokesman for the ROK Foreign Ministry said at a regular press conference on 18.
US Suspension Bombers Flying over the Korean Peninsula: Creating Space for Resolving the DPRK Nuclear Issue
Foreign media said an American general said that American bombers would no longer fly over South Korea. Seoul had previously asked for a moratorium on such actions. According to AFP, the commander of the US Pacific Air Force Command, Charles Brown, told Pentagon reporters that the suspension of flights over South Korea was intended to create space for ongoing diplomatic efforts to resolve North Koreas nuclear activities.