S Korean envoys meet Kim to prepare for 3rd summit

SEOUL: South Korea said its envoys met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Wednesday to prepare for a third inter-Korean summit later this month, with hopes of putting momentum back into stalled talks between the North and the United States on denuclearisation.
Kim and US President Donald Trump reached a broad but unspecific agreement on denuclearisation at a Singapore summit in June, but those talks have stalled since Trump cancelled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea last month.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special envoys were led by the national security chief at the presidential Blue House, Chung Eui-yong, and the delegation included director of the National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon.
The envoys held talks with Kim and delivered Moon’s letter, and had dinner with unspecified North Korean officials, according to Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.
The 11-member delegation was greeted in Pyongyang by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of a North Korean committee in charge of cross-border affairs, who has steered high-level inter-Korean talks, according to Moon’s press secretary Yoon Young-chan.
— Reuters