January 16, 2019

North Korean Negotiator Expected to Visit U.S. as Relations Thaw

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalists Andrew Jeong, Dasl Yoon

North Korea and the U.S. appeared to be moving toward a rekindling of denuclearization talks, setting the stage for a widely expected second summit between the two country’s leaders.

Gen. Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s lead nuclear negotiator and the country’s former spymaster, is expected to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Gen. Kim also may meet with President Trump at the White House.

Messrs. Kim and Trump met at the White House last June, where the Pyongyang official delivered a letter to the U.S. president from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

After the talks in Washington, the State Department’s envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, is expected to travel to Sweden for talks with his counterpart, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, the person familiar with the matter said.

Read the full article and more in The Wall Street Journal.

Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...