US envoy for N.Korea to visit S.Korea for three-way meet: media

Sung Kim (right) stands after US President Joe Biden announced Kim will serve as a special US envoy for North Korea in Washington on May 21, 2021. - Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters): The newly appointed US envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, will make his first visit to neighbouring South Korea this week for a possible three-way meeting with counterparts from Seoul and Tokyo, the Kyodo news agency said on Wednesday (June 16).

The visit, from Saturday to June 24, comes after President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held their first summit in May, injecting fresh urgency into efforts to engage the North in talks on its nuclear weapons.

Kyodo said arrangements were being made for the visit during which the officials of the three nations would discuss the future direction of the Biden administration’s attempts to open dialogue with North Korea in pursuit of denuclearisation.

Takehiro Funakoshi, director-general of the Japanese foreign ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, will participate, as will Noh Kyu-duk, the South Korean foreign ministry's special representative for Korean peninsula peace and security affairs.

Sung Kim, appointed by Biden last month, is a Korean-American diplomat who had the same role under President Barack Obama, and helped set up former President Donald Trump's summits with the North's leader, Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-un has said his country's economy improved this year but urged measures to tackle the "tense" food situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and typhoons last year.

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