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South Korea envoys to leave for US, meet with top aide


Two South Korean envoys will travel to the United States today to meet officials there, including National Security Adviser HR McMaster. Officials in Seoul and Washington said the envoys will discuss a meeting earlier this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A South Korean administration official said today on condition of anonymity that the National Security Office head Chung Eui-Yong and National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon will also speak with other department heads and later possibly meet with either US President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.

The official added Chung had already spoken to McMaster on the phone shortly after completing the visit to North Korea.The South Korean envoys are expected to brief US officials on North Korea’s stance regarding possible future talks with Washington and its apparent willingness to suspend nuclear tests if the security of the North’s regime is secured.

A senior US administration official said today that no decision on the possibility of the United States joining a summit of North and South Korea was expected to be made at this week’s meeting with McMaster.

Those discussions will be conducted in private among US officials, the source said. After returning from the United States, Chung will visit China and Russia, while Suh Hoon, the head of South Korea’s intelligence agency, will head to Japan to brief officials.

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