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US envoy arrives in Seoul for talks on escalation of North Korea’s missile launches – National | World Nation News

US envoy arrives in Seoul for talks on escalation of North Korea's missile launches - National |

US envoys to North Korea arrived in Seoul on Monday for talks with their South Korean counterparts on ways to address concerns over Pyongyang’s escalating missile launches and a possible resumption of nuclear testing.

Us Envoy Arrives In Seoul For Talks On Escalation Of North Korea'S Missile Launches - National | World Nation News

US Special Representative Sung Kim and his deputy Jang Pak will meet South Korean officials, including nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk, during the five-day visit.

His arrival coincided with the start of a nine-day annual joint military exercise by US and South Korean troops. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Sunday that the exercise is “a defensive command post training using computer simulations” and will not involve field maneuvers by troops.

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On Saturday, North Korea conducted tests of missiles that state media said were involved in delivering strategic nuclear weapons.

Upon arrival, Kim told reporters he was in Seoul to continue “close coordination” on North Korea’s development, Yonhap news agency detailed.

He has said he is open to talks with North Korea at any time and without preconditions, but Pyongyang has so far rejected proposals that include sanctions on Washington and maintaining hostile policies such as military exercises. has been accused of.

South Korean media reported that Kim was also expected to meet with the transition team for President-elect Eun Suk-yol, who took office in May.

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A team spokesman said no meeting between Yun and Kim had been confirmed, and could not immediately confirm whether the envoys would meet with other transition officials.

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(Reporting by Josh Smith; Additional reporting by Hyonhei Shin; Editing by Michael Perry)

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