Posted August. 05, 2017 07:17,
Updated August. 05, 2017 07:39
After appointed, Kong is expected to talk with Joseph Yun, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy and chief delegate to the six party talks. Interestingly, both of them were born to an ethnic Korean family. If the six-party talks is resumed after a nine-year halt since 2008, Kong will chair the meeting as China is the host country.
With both Kong and Yun presented in the meeting, three negotiators from South Korea, the U.S. and China can talk in Korean. Kong has never spoken Korean in official settings, but it has been reported that Kong can speak Korean flawlessly. Yun is also fluent in Korean, and he occasionally talks in Korean during a meeting with Korean officials. Kim Hong-kyun, South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, is South Korea’s chief negotiator to the six party talks.