End to U.S. Gov't Shutdown Paves Way for N.Korea Talks

  • By Cho Yi-jun, Roh Suk-jo

    January 29, 2019 11:17

    The end to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government last Friday has paved the way for working-level talks between Washington and Pyongyang to resume as they prepare for a second summit.

    Stephen Biegun (left) and Kim Hyok-chol

    A diplomatic source in Washington on Monday said there is a "strong chance" that officials from the two sides will meet in early February.

    Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, and his new North Korean counterpart, Kim Hyok-chol, are expected to meet in the border truce village of Panmunjom here.

    But U.S. pundits increasingly believe the summit should be postponed if working-level talks fail to produce a concrete commitment to denuclearization. 

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