SEOUL-- The U.S. envoy for North Korea returned home Sunday following his back-to-back visits to Seoul and Pyongyang, aimed at arranging details for a second U.S.-North Korea summit set for later this month.
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun headed back to the U.S. through Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, following his weeklong itinerary on the Korean Peninsula.
After arriving first in Seoul a week earlier, he visited Pyongyang from Wednesday-Friday to meet with his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-chol in the runup to the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, slated for Feb. 27-28 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
He flew back to Seoul on Friday to give a briefing to South Korean and Japanese officials on his recent North Korean trip.
Once back in Washington, Biegun is expected to gear up for another meeting with the North Korean side before the summit as he and his counterpart have agreed to meet again before the leaders' meeting.
Their second meeting is likely to take place in Pyongyang, Washington, Hanoi or the inter-Korean border to nail down further details for the summit aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.
Biegun has called his latest meeting in North Korea "productive," without giving details of the discussion, which might have revolved around a North Korean commitment to denuclearization and corresponding concessions by the U.S. side. They also discussed logistics and agenda items for the upcoming summit.
"I am confident that both sides stay committed, that we can make real progress," he said Saturday.
Source: Yonhap News Agency