Biegun Cancels Seoul Dinner After N.Korean Missile Launch

  • By Cho Yi-jun, Ahn Jun-yong

    May 10, 2019 10:58

    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun canceled a scheduled dinner with South Korean officials after North Korea lobbed another couple of missiles into the sea on Thursday.

    Biegun is in South Korea for discussions on how to revive stalled nuclear talks with the North and earlier met with National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon.

    They talked about North Korea's earlier missile launch on May 4, according to a source, but did not suspect that another one was just hours away.

    U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun talks with U.S. Embassy officials in a restaurant in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

    Biegun was briefed about the latest launch while meeting with U.S. Embassy officials and canceled a scheduled dinner with South Korean officials at the residence of the U.S. Embassy's chargé d'affaires.

    He is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Friday and hold a working-group meeting to discuss food aid to the North before meeting Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul, Cheong Wa Dae's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and other officials to discuss the timing and size of the aid. But the latest development may force the agenda to change.

    The North apparently wants more and has gone back to its old strategy of pointlessly lobbing expensive missiles into the sea to draw attention to its demands.

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