AUS envoy arrived in South Korea on Tuesday in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with North Korea hours after it released a statement that it had no intention of sitting with the United States and asked South Korea to “stop intervening.” US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led work-level talks with the North Koreans, landed at a US military base south of Seoul, media reported, and was expected to meet with South Korean officials on Wednesday and Thursday.
Earlier Tuesday, US Department of Foreign Affairs Director-General Kwon Jong Gun accused South Korea of misinterpreting a North Korean statement dismissing a “untimely speculation” about yet another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. North Korea said it didn’t see the need for a new summit on Saturday, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had agreed to mediate between Kim and Trump, proposed that the two leaders meet again before the November US elections.
A newspaper announced that the envoy would not be visiting a Korean chicken soup restaurant due to the outbreak, which was a routine stop on previous trips, and had then arranged for the dish to be cooked at the residence of the U.S. ambassador. North Korea stepped up tensions with South Korea unexpectedly last month and blew up a joint liaison office just on its side of the border, just as quickly halting plans for unspecified military actions.