THURMONT, Md. (AP)_ The special U.S. envoy for North Korea, Charles Kartman, will meet on Wednesday in Berlin with with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye Gwan, a senior U.S. official said.

The purpose of the meeting is to make arrangements for a meeting Secretary of State Madeleine Albright plans to hold next week in Bangkok, Thailand, with North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-Sun.

The official, who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity, was here for Mideast talks at Camp David, Md.