WASHINGTON, The U.S. special envoy on North Korea will make his first trip to South Korea next week to meet with officials and discuss efforts to dismantle the North's nuclear weapons program, the State Department said Thursday.
Stephen Biegun, who was named last month to serve as special representative for North Korea, will travel to Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo from Monday through Saturday, the department said in a press release. It did not elaborate on the exact dates.
"The Special Representative will meet with his counterparts and continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim in Singapore," the department said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's commitment during his June summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Biegun, a former Ford Motor Company vice president, has been tasked to lead denuclearization negotiations with North Korea and was due to travel with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang last month.
But Trump abruptly canceled the trip, citing a lack of progress in the North's denuclearization.
Source: Yonhap News Agency