State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told a news briefing that U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun was in Pyongyang to prepare the February 27-28 summit and seeking progress on commitments made at the first meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.
First of all, it has the North Korean embassy. and second, late former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, who's Kim Jong-un's grandfather, visited the city two times in 1958 and 1964.
Yonhap said Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, landed at a United States air base in Osan, just south of Seoul.
"He may surprise some but he won't surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is", Trump said.
The first summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore last June generated significant coverage and optimism, but delivered very few concrete developments. Japan's Fuji TV quoted Vietnamese government sources as saying that Trump administration officials arrived in Da Nang on Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. envoy and North Korean representatives are slated to meet one more time before Trump and Kim's summit.
"Our discussions were productive", Biegun said while meeting Kang.
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While in the USA view North Korea has yet to take concrete steps to give up its nuclear weapons, it complains that Washington has done little to reciprocate for its freezing of nuclear and missile testing and dismantling of some facilities.
"If both sides agree on the declaration, verification, and dismantling of the Nyongbyon nuclear facility, we can say that it was a successful summit", Mr. Shin said.
The US envoy was also likely to have discussed with his counterpart protocol and security matters for the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.
The two sides are struggling to narrow their differences about the wording of a final communique the two leaders will announce.
Following an ICBM test on November 29, 2017, when the Hwasong-15 was sacked, Kim Jong Un declared North Korea had "finally realized the great historic cause of completing the state nuclear force".
A year of mostly fruitless diplomacy has led to serious doubts about Mr. Kim's sincerity and Trump's ability to force North Korea to significantly reduce the threat its nuclear weapons pose to the region and world.