An American move toward North Korea ... and the deadline approaching[/rtl]
[rtl]Editing Date: 12/14/2019 8:54 • 68 times read[/rtl]
International: Euphrates News: South Korea and the United States announced that Stephen Begon, the US special envoy to North Korea, will arrive in Seoul on Sunday, before the deadline set by Pyongyang for Washington by the end of the year to ease its stance on the stalled nuclear talks.
On Friday, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said that Pegon will arrive in Seoul for a 3-day visit, during which he will hold talks with his counterpart Lee Do-hoon and other officials.
"The two sides will exchange views in detail on the recent situation on the Korean peninsula, and will discuss ways to make concrete progress regarding complete nuclear disarmament and achieving lasting peace," the ministry said in a statement.
The State Department said that Begun would also go to Tokyo and meet his Japanese counterpart.
Tensions have increased in recent weeks after Pyongyang conducted a series of weapons tests and entered a war of words with US President Donald Trump, raising fears that the two countries might return to the collision path they were traveling on before the start of diplomatic efforts last year.
Pigeon's visit sparked speculation that he might try to salvage the negotiations by communicating with North Korea or sending a public message.
North Korea has vowed to follow a "new path" that it did not specify if the United States did not fulfill its demands before the end of the year.
On Thursday, she said, Washington had "nothing to offer" even if the talks resumed, and the United States also warned of any resumption of "unfortunate mindless behavior."
"Begun will in any case try to make the impression that they will not be manipulated by the North Koreans while he makes clear that they want to continue the dialogue," said a diplomatic source in Seoul, who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Trump have met 3 times since last year to negotiate an end to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, but little progress has been made with the collapse of Pigeon-led talks on a practical level in Stockholm last October.