New U.S. Envoy to North Korea to go to Asia

New U.S. Envoy to North Korea to go to Asia

Former Ford Motor senior executive Stephen Biegun speaks at hawaii Department in Washington after his appointment as special envoy for North Korea in August.

Former Ford Motor senior executive Stephen Biegun speaks at hawaii Department in Washington after his appointment as special envoy for North Korea in August.


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WASHINGTON—The former

Ford Motor
Co.

executive recently tapped to pursue negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program will happen to be Asia in a few days, on Thursday hawaii Department said.

Stephen Biegun, month by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Special Representative for North Korea last, will happen to be Seoul, Beijing and tokyo between Sept. 10 and Sept. 15. The constant state Department didn’t announce any travel by Mr. Biegun to North Korea.

During the stop by at Asia, Mr. Biegun will talk with &ldquo and counterparts;continue diplomatic efforts to attain the final, verified denuclearization of North Korea fully,” under an agreement between President North and Trump Korea’s Kim Jong Un, in line with the department.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in is scheduled to meet Mr. Kim the next week in Pyongyang.

Mr. Biegun’s trip follows the abrupt cancellation of a planned stop by at North Korea by the envoy and Mr. Pompeo. Mr. Trump announced that decision via

Twitter
,

citing frustration with having less “sufficient progress” in talks.

The announcement of the trip also came as Justice Department officials prepared for an expected announcement of charges against a North Korean operative regarding the the 2014 cyberhack of Sony Pictures, in accordance with people acquainted with the matter. It will be the initial such case to focus on the country’s cyber operations.

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