Senior N.Korean, U.S. Officials to Meet in Stockholm

  • By Ahn Jun-yong

    January 16, 2019 13:33

    North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui is expected to meet the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Stockholm soon, sources said Tuesday.

    Choe arrived in Beijing that day before boarding a flight to Stockholm. A government source here said, "It seems that Choe and Biegun will meet in Sweden" to discuss a second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

    North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Asked about her destination at Beijing Capital International Airport, she said, "See you at an international conference in Sweden."

    Originally, Choe had been expected to accompany Kim's right-hand man Kim Yong-chol to a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington later this week.

    But a Swedish private organization invited the two sides to an international conference there, and Choe rather abruptly accepted.

    A government official here said, "We're considering sending our chief nuclear negotiator Lee Do-hoon" to the event, which is supposed to bring together representatives from the countries involved in abortive six-party nuclear talks with North Korea. 

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