Moon to send top aides as special envoys to Pyongyang

President Moon Jae-in has reportedly picked two minister-level officials as his special envoys to Pyongyang, raising speculations about US-North Korea dialogue.

South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae is set to announce President Moon Jae-in’s special envoys to North Korea on Sunday for a high-stakes trip aimed at fostering cross-border rapprochement and dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.

Moon has reportedly picked National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, and Chung Eui-yong, Moon’s top national security adviser. 

National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, and Moon’s top national security adviser Chung Eui-yong. (Yonhap)

In a phone call Thursday, Moon told his US counterpart Donald Trump that he would soon send a special envoy to Pyongyang to reciprocate the Seoul visit by the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

NIS chief Suh is noted for his role in arranging two landmark inter-Korean summits, in 2000 and 2007, and has played a key role in inter-Korean negotiations, communication and cooperative projects.

Chung, Moon’s top security adviser, has played a central role in maintaining close coordination with Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

The pair are expected to visit the North this week. They are likely to deliver Moon’s letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and discuss Kim’s recent offer for a summit with Moon.

Kim’s sister Yo-jong delivered her brother’s invitation

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