A Big Deal: South Korea Confirms U.S. North Korean Envoy Will Visit on December 15

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December 13, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: North KoreaSouth KoreaAmericaSteve BiegunCVIDNuclear Deal

A Big Deal: South Korea Confirms U.S. North Korean Envoy Will Visit on December 15

A last-minute deal with Pyongyang?

What Happened: U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will travel to South Korea on Dec. 15 for a three-day visit, South Korea's Foreign Ministry confirmed Dec. 13. However, Seoul didn't confirm whether Biegun would visit the Demilitarized Zone during his trip. 

 

Why It Matters: Biegun's visit to South Korea opens up the slight possibility of reaching an understanding with North Korea that would pave the way for the continuation of talks to avert a breakdown.

Background: In April, the North Korean government announced a year-end deadline for progress in talks with the United States and called on Washington to offer more significant concessions to avoid a breakdown in talks.

South Korea, U.S.: Seoul Confirms U.S. Envoy Will Visit on Dec. 15 is republished with the permission of Stratfor Worldview, a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm.

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