S. Korean foreign minister likely to meet Pompeo in Poland this week

SEOUL-- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is expected to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on North Korea later this week in advance of the upcoming second summit between Pyongyang and Washington, a diplomatic source here said Monday.

Kang is preparing to visit Warsaw to join a U.S.-sponsored ministerial session to "Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East" on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the source.

Pompeo will be present at the meeting as well, offering a chance for one-on-one talks with Kang ahead of the summit between the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. in Hanoi from Feb. 27-28.

South Korea's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, earlier said Kang and Pompeo will meet each other in the near future.

Kang's office said it has no information to make public yet in connection with Kang's possible trip to Poland.

Another source said there will be a related announcement on Tuesday.

Separately, Chung Eui-yong, chief of the presidential National Security Office, is likely to have discussions on North Korea with his American counterpart, John Bolton, over the phone.

President Moon Jae-in will then have phone talks with President Donald Trump before the Hanoi summit.

The U.S. said there will be another round of working-level consultations with North Korea next week. Stephen Biegun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea, will likely meet with Kim Hyok-chol, the communist nation's special representative for U.S. affairs of the State Affairs Commission, in Hanoi in a bid to nail down agenda items and logistical details of the planned summit.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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