US May Host Talks With Visiting North Korean Delegation
Feb 22, 2017 09:46 AM EST
The US may host talks with visiting North Korean senior representatives who are about to come to the United States soon if the State Department would approve. Pyongyang might saw a better opening with the Trumps administration.
With some latest happenings in North Korea such as the assassination of Kim-Jong Nam, half-brother of Kim-Jong Un which plot was said to be ordered by North Korea leader himself, and the nuclear testing activities, arranging the talk was difficult. The US-North Korea talk was considered before by analysts to be likely impossible since as has been noted to be a nuclear state, North Korea would subject themselves to a talk where their nuclear program would be certainly discussed.
The US and North Korea issue lately has been hotter which started when North Korea threatened to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile that is capable of reaching US soil. This was replied by the US that if North Korea would aim its ICBM to the US or one of its allies, America will respond overwhelmingly and effectively. It is hoped that the talk would cool down these previous issues.
Although the said US-North Korea talk was already announced, and North Korea has expressed interest in engagement but the US State Department has not yet approved the North Korean visas for the talk. But it said would take place in New York within the next few weeks, as reported by Washington Post.
Donald S. Zagoria of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy is the person responsible for organizing the US planned talk with North Korea. He had organized previous rounds of such talks during the Carter administration but did not comment about the preparation. If the State Department will issue the visas then it is a signal of approval.
The delegation from Pyongyang will likely be led by the director of the U.S. affairs department in North Korea's Foreign Ministry, Choe Son Hui. She has already participated in some official meetings including the six-party talks on denuclearization. She has made herself already known to American officials.
North Korea might have a different treatment to Trump compared to Obama, it can be manifested by the notable change of North Koreas usual bombastic rhetoric since Trump's victory in the US election. If the US-North Korea talk would be successful it would be considered as a great turn of the two countries relation.