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US envoy wraps up South Korea visit overshadowed by North Korea tensions

  • Published at 10:37 am July 9th, 2020
Stephen Biegun
US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun speaks to the media beside his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea, July 8, 2020 Reuters

The agenda is also expected to include coronavirus responses and cost-sharing for the US military deployment in South Korea

US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun was due to wrap up meetings with South Korean officials in Seoul on Thursday, before moving on to Japan in a trip overshadowed by stalled denuclearization talks with North Korea.

In Seoul on Wednesday, Biegun rejected speculation he was seeking to meet North Korean officials during his visit to the region, but reiterated the United States was open to resuming talks.

After a series of back-to-back meetings with South Korean officials on Wednesday, Biegun was expected to meet on Thursday with Suh Hoon, a former spy chief recently named as South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s national security adviser.

Besides North Korea, the agenda is expected to include coronavirus responses and cost-sharing for the US military deployment in South Korea, among other issues.

As US Special Representative for North Korea, Biegun led working-level talks, which have been stalled since the two sides last met in Sweden in October.

North Korea has said it has no intention of sitting down again with the United States, though US President Donald Trump said this week he would be open to another summit with leader Kim Jong Un.

The two leaders have met three times, but failed to find a compromise over the North’s nuclear weapons program, or the international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.

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