A North Korean diplomat will hold unofficial talks with South Korea and the United States this week in Finland, ahead of Pyongyang’s upcoming summits with both countries.
Choe Kang Il, North Korea’s Deputy Director-General for North American Affairs at the foreign ministry, was spotted at Beijing Capital International Airport on Sunday as he boarded a morning plane to Helsinki, No Cut News reported.
The envoy told reporters that he had nothing to share at the moment and said he would speak to them when he returned.
Diplomatic sources in Seoul say Choe is set to hold a “1.5-track meeting” with South Korean security experts and former American diplomats including Kathleen Stephens who served as a U.S. Ambassador to South Korea from 2008 to 2011.
The meeting will likely take place at a Japanese Embassy in Helsink, Finnish media reported.