Biegun in S. Korea for talks on N. Korea

SEOUL, Stephen Biegun, the new U.S. point man on North Korea, arrived in South Korea on Monday for discussions on ways to revitalize the denuclearization process.

In his first trip here in the State Department job, he plans to hold talks with Seoul's top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon on Tuesday.

He will also have introductory meetings with top South Korean officials, including Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Unification Minister Cho Myong-gyon.

"I'm very much looking forward to talking to our South Korean hosts about how we can make progress in denuclearization and bringing the stable peace to the Korean Peninsula," he told reporters at Incheon International Airport.

The department earlier said he will meet with his counterparts and "continue diplomatic efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea" as agreed in a summit between the communist nation's leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

Biegun, a former Ford Motor Company vice president, was installed in the post late last month.

He's scheduled to visit Beijing and Tokyo as well from Wednesday through Saturday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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