US, North Korean envoys to meet in Hanoi ahead of summit

US, North Korean envoys to meet in Hanoi ahead of summit
FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, meets Kim Yong Chol, who traveled to Washington to discuss denuclearization talks, in Pyongyang, North Korea. With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade the North leader Kim to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else, an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Special envoys from the U.S. and North Korea are to meet in Vietnam’s capital to make final preparations for a summit next week between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. officials say U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Steve Biegun was to arrive in Hanoi on Wednesday. No details of his schedule were immediately announced.

Biegun is expected to meet with North Korea’s special representative for U.S. affairs, Kim Hyok Chol. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said he arrived in Hanoi on Wednesday evening.

The two envoys met earlier this month in North Korea’s capital to discuss details of the Feb. 27-28 summit. Biegun said after that meeting that they would meet one more time before the summit to finalize plans.