US to North Korea: 'We're here, you know how to reach us'
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Visiting South Korea, US special envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun urged the North to return to stalled talks.
The United States special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, urged Pyongyang on Monday to return offers of talks, dismissing leader Kim Jong Un's year-end deadline and stressing Washington's willingness to discuss "all issues of interest." Tension has been rising in recent weeks as Pyongyang has conducted a series of weapons tests and waged a war of words with US President Donald Trump, stoking fears of a return to the hostility that characterised the two countries' relationship before diplomatic efforts began last year. More: Biegun arrived in Seoul on Sunday amid speculation he might try to salvage negotiations by reaching out to North Korea, which has promised to take an unspecified "new path" if Washington failed to soften its stance before the end of the year. "The United States does not have a deadline. We have a goal," Biegun told a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Lee Do-hoon. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been increasing pressure on the…