US, N. Korea to continue talks in Pyongyang Thurs.

TOKYO, The US and North Korea will continue working-level talks in Pyongyang for a second day on Thursday to prepare for the summit between their leaders later this month.

According to Seoul’s public broadcaster KBS, US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and his North Korean counterpart Kim Hyok-chol reportedly launched talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday, which is set to continue for days.

The two sides are expected to discuss steps for North Korea’s denuclearization and corresponding measures by the US. These steps could include dismantling the North’s Yongbyon nuclear facilities and declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Biegun arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday via a flight from South Korea. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night at the US Congress, President Donald Trump announced that his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be held on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam. Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June last year, reaching a vague agreement on denuclearizing North Korea.

Source: Kuwait News Agency