US envoy to North Korea visits Beijing

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — North Korea’s top envoy to the United States, Stephen Begun, is to visit Beijing on Tuesday, the US embassy in China said Tuesday.

A spokesman for the US embassy told Agence France-Presse that Beijing “to continue coordination between the United States and China on policies related to North Korea.”

Meanwhile, South Korean Yonhap agencies and Kyodo reported that a senior North Korean official arrived Tuesday morning at Beijing airport from Pyongyang.

The two agencies were expected to be the vice-chairman of the Korean Workers’ Party, Ri Soo-young, in charge of international affairs in the ruling party in the north.

The North Korean news agency reported that Ri Soo-young left Pyongyang on Tuesday for Laos, which could justify his stop in Beijing to change his trip.

There was no information indicating a possible meeting between Pyongon and the North Korean official.

Their presence comes at the same time in Beijing, Pyongyang’s main ally, a month after the failure of the Hanoi summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.

Pyongyang and Washington have confirmed their intention to continue talks.

The United States does not accept a “gradual” disarmament of North Korea but calls for full and rapid disarmament in return for lifting sanctions, Begon said after the summit.

North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choi Sun-hoi said last week Pyongyang “has no intention of bowing to the demands of the United States.”

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