U.S. Envoy to N.Korea to Visit Moscow, Discuss Denuclearization

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    April 17, 2019 08:05

    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will visit Moscow this week to discuss Pyongyang's denuclearization, the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Biegun will meet with Russian officials in Moscow on Wednesday and Thursday "to discuss efforts to advance the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea," the department said, but gave no further details.

    The Trump administration is still seeking to reach a denuclearization deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un following two summits between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump that have so far failed to solidify an agreement. Trump administration officials have floated the possibility of a third summit.

    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens during a meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Feb. 9, 2019. /Reuters

    Meanwhile, RIA news agency last month reported that Kim planned to visit Russia for talks this spring or summer.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reported that plans were underway for a summit between Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    The United States in March also imposed a new round of sanctions over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, following the collapse of talks between Trump and Kim in February.

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