July 06, 2020 10:49
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrives in Seoul on Tuesday after Pyongyang rejected renewed dialogue with Washington.
Accompanied by several other State Department officials, Biegun will stay for three days during which he is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and his counterpart Lee Do-hoon, as well as new unification minister designate Lee In-young and National Intelligence Service director designate Park Jie-won, who are leading doves.
Park arranged the first ever inter-Korean summit in 2000 as then presidential chief of staff for President Kim Dae-jung, while Lee, who was a student democratic movement activist in the 1980s, has committed to engaging with the North as a four-time lawmaker.
North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui on Saturday rejected any further dialogue with the U.S. after weeks of brinkmanship by the regime.
Choe said in a statement, "Is it impossible to hold dialogue or have any dealings with the U.S. which persists in the hostile policy toward [North Korea] in disregard of the agreements already made at the past summit."
"The U.S. will probably focus on managing the situation to prevent a North Korean provocation ahead of the U.S. presidential election," a diplomatic source in Washington said.
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