Biegun returns to Seoul, agrees to meet DPRK counterpart again before summit



President Trump, however, announced Hanoi as the host city for the summit in a tweet shortly after the State Department memo was released, saying Biegun and Kim held "very productive meeting [s]" and "agreed upon [a] time and date" for the event.

On Wednesday, Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for North Korea, arrived in Pyongyang for talks about the envisioned summit.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would reconcile policies with Trump on the issues of nuclear arms, missiles and the North's abduction of Japanese nationals.

Biegun is staying in Pyongyang to discuss with North Korean officials summit arrangements and the country's denuclearization.

We begin with the ongoing preparations for the 2nd North Korea-U.S. summit. A foreign ministry official told reporters that the USA envoy has promised to brief the South Korean government first, on the details of what was discussed in Pyeongyang.

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A US government spokesman has indicated that Vietnam was chosen as the venue for the second US-North Korea summit to symbolize the thriving partnership between former enemies.

"I look forward to seeing Chairman Kim & advancing the cause of peace!" he said.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrives at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, February 3, 2019.

North Korea has repeatedly urged a lifting of punishing USA -led sanctions, a formal end to the war, and security guarantees.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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At the same time, he set out an extensive list of demands that North Korea would have to meet eventually, including full disclosure of its nuclear and missile programs, something Pyongyang has rejected for decades.

Hanoi is a place that was much preferred by the North Korean side.

In April previous year, the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, pledged to concentrate more on building a "powerful socialist economy", while promising to discontinue nuclear and ICBM tests.

The President also appeared to reference his previous mocking of Mr Kim as the "Little Rocket Man".

There's also speculation about a possible four-way meeting, also including Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping, to declare a formal end to the Korean War, which stopped with an armistice and left the peninsula still technically at war. But Washington has insisted that North Korea needs to first take more concrete steps toward denuclearization.

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