WASHINGTON– The U.S. special envoy for North Korea will speak at Stanford University this week on efforts to dismantle the regime’s nuclear weapons program, the State Department said Monday.
Special Representative Stephen Biegun, the top U.S. negotiator for North Korea’s denuclearization, will travel to Palo Alto, California, on Thursday to meet with experts from the university and “give remarks” on “U.S. efforts towards the final, fully verified denuclearization” of the North, the department said in a statement.
Biegun recently returned from a trip to Sweden, where he held talks with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui ahead of a planned second summit between their leaders.
The two sides apparently discussed the substance and logistics of the summit, which is expected to happen late next month in Vietnam.
At their first summit in Singapore in June, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un committed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees for Pyongyang.
Andrew Kim, who recently retired as head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Korea Mission Center, is currently a visiting scholar at the university’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, where Biegun is set to deliver his remarks.
The former intelligence official played a key role in arranging the first summit and accompanied U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on his trips to Pyongyang last year.
The State Department did not immediately respond to a Yonhap query on plans for a meeting between Biegun and Kim.
Source: Yonhap News Agency