More to be done before Kim-Trump summit, says US envoy

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Washington: A Washington envoy has said on Saturday that hard work has to be done before the summit between US President and North Korean leader.

According to Stephen Biegun, the US Special Representative for North Korea, three days of preparatory talks in Pyongyang ended productively on Friday.

He, however, said more dialogue was needed ahead of the summit slated for Vietnam from February 27-28.

Media reports said Biegun on Saturday briefed South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Hwa on his Pyongyang visit.

“We have some hard work to do with the DPRK,” Biegun told Kang, adding: “I’m confident that if both sides stay committed we can make real progress here. “We don’t know where it’s going to go, but we are in the midst of a conversation and it is productive,” he said.

At the last year’s summit in Singapore the mercurial US and North Korean leaders produced a vaguely worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards “the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”.

There is little progress as the two sides disagreed over the modalities of denuclearization, reports said.

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