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Biegun due leave Pyongyang on Friday – report

TOKYO, The US envoy for North Korea is expected to fly back to South Korea on Friday to share the outcome of his Pyongyang visit, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday, citing diplomatic sources.

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun has been in North Korea since Wednesday, following his arrival in the South at the weekend. His mission is apparently to work out agenda and logistical details of a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to take place in Vietnam from February 27-28, the report said.

Biegun’s new North Korean dialogue partner is reportedly Kim Hyok-chol, former ambassador to Spain. Biegun, who is leading an inter-agency delegation of around 20 officials, plans to return to South Korea on Friday, although his stay may be extended if additional discussions are needed, according to the report.

Meanwhile, North Korean media outlets have kept mum about a second summit between Kim Jong-un and Trump, despite the US leader’s announcement on the date and venue of the event on Tuesday. North Korean state media outlets, however, carried no related reports. North Korea also stayed silent on Biegun’s visit to Pyongyang.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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