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Steve Biegun looks as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces him as special representative to North Korea at the State Department in Washington, DC.

US envoy to visit ROK, China, Japan on DPRK denuclearisation

WASHINGTON (China Daily/Xinhua) -- The US State Department said here on Thursday that special representative for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Stephen Biegun, will travel to the capital cities of the Republic of Korea (ROK), China and Japan on Sept 10-15 to discuss the denuclearisation of the DPRK.
Biegun “will meet with his counterparts and continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearisation of DPRK as agreed to by Chairman Kim in Singapore,” the State Department said in a statement.
The current DPRK-US talks have been stuck in an impasse due to their differences in the scale of denuclearisation, US sanctions, and whether to issue a warending declaration.
The State Department said last month that the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula shall happen before the United States signs a warending declaration with the DPRK; while the DPRK has argued that such a document is the first step to-wards peace on the peninsula, whereas Washington has said it is too early to discuss the topic.
US media reported earlier that the signing of a joint declaration to formally end the Korean War was one of the verbal agreements between US President Donald Trump and the DPRK’s top leader, Kim Jong-un, when they met on June 12 in Singapore.
Kim told ROK’s envoy on Wednesday that he firmly supports and will be devoted to completely removing the danger of armed conflicts and the horrors of war from the Korean Peninsula and turning it into a cradle of peace without nuclear weapons and free from any nuclear threat.
Trump tweeted later on Thursday in response, thanking Kim for making such a statement and noting that “we will get it done together,” referring to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
At the conclusion of the historic Trump-Kim summit in June, the two sides issued a joint statement, in which they agreed to improve bilateral relations and work together to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the peninsula.



(Latest Update
September 7,
2018)


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