US, N.Korea officials to meet Feb 4 ahead of Trump-Kim summit

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Vice Chairman of the North Korean Workers' Party Committee Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States, waves as he meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (reflected in background 2ndL) for talks aimed at clearing the way for a second U.S.-North Korea summit in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
Vice Chairman of the North Korean Workers' Party Committee Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States, waves as he meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (reflected in background 2ndL) for talks aimed at clearing the way for a second U.S.-North Korea summit in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Kyodo News) – A US envoy aims to meet with North Korean officials on or around Feb. 4 at the truce village of Panmunjeom to discuss details of a planned second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in late February.

Politico, a US media company, ran the report but did not say who Stephen Biegun, US special representative to North Korea, would meet on the border separating the two Koreas.

The Trump administration has floated Vietnam as a potential venue, but North Korea has not responded.

Vietnamese leaders have expressed willingness to host the summit, with Danang and Hanoi possible venues.

Hanoi would be the likeliest if North Korea plans an official state visit with the Vietnamese government before a Trump-Kim meeting.

Mr Trump met Mr Kim for the first-ever US-North Korea summit last June in Singapore.

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