Former North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, shown in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 1, arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, leading to speculation that talks with the US might be restarting. Photo: AP Former North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, shown in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 1, arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, leading to speculation that talks with the US might be restarting. Photo: AP
Former North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, shown in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 1, arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, leading to speculation that talks with the US might be restarting. Photo: AP

The path to resuming US-North Korean negotiations runs through Beijing

  • Ri Su-yong, the former North Korean foreign minister, reportedly arrives at China’s capital even as US negotiator Stephen Beigun is in town
  • The appearance of both diplomats suggests a new mediating role for China in the next round of denuclearisation talks, analysts say

Topic |   US-China relations
Former North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, shown in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 1, arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, leading to speculation that talks with the US might be restarting. Photo: AP Former North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, shown in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 1, arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, leading to speculation that talks with the US might be restarting. Photo: AP
Former North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, shown in Hanoi, Vietnam on March 1, arrived on Tuesday in Beijing, leading to speculation that talks with the US might be restarting. Photo: AP
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