US special envoy for North Korea Sung Kim to visit Seoul next week
US special envoy for North Korea Sung Kim to visit Seoul next week

SEOUL: Sung Kim, the US Special Representative for North Korea, will visit South Korea next week to coordinate policies ahead of President-elect Yoon Suk-inauguration, yeol's according to reports.

Kim arrived in Seoul on Monday and remain for four days, as per reports, to hold meetings with his South Korean counterpart, Noh Kyu-duk, and other officials from the departing and incoming administrations. Jung Pak, Kim's deputy, is also likely to visit Seoul around the same time.

Kim's visit comes amid fears that North Korea will test a nuclear weapon on Friday, the late founding leader Kim Il-birthday. sung's His visit also falls with annual joint military drills between South Korea and the United States, which Pyongyang has denounced.

Kim met with Noh in Washington last week, as well as a policy consultation mission sent by President-elect Yoon.  Kim is likely to utilise his future talks in Seoul to coordinate the response of the allies to any possible North Korean provocations during the transition of power. According to a person familiar with the president-itinerary, elect's a meeting with Yoon is not currently planned. 

Yoon's first meeting with US President Joe Biden, which has yet to be arranged but could overlap with Biden's possible travel to Japan in late May, could still be discussed.

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