US, North Korea have been in backchannel talks for months: Report

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August 12, 2017

North-Korea-USPresident Trump’s administration has maintained a direct backchannel to the North Korean regime over the last several months, even as the two countries continue to spar in public, according to a new report.

Diplomats from each country maintain a relationship with each other in New York, fostered as well by outside groups that favor direct engagement. The revelation comes as the United States and North Korea have engaged in a war of words over sanctions that are designed to induce the North Koreans agree to dismantle their nuclear weapons program as a condition of negotiations with the west.

“The contacts are occurring regularly between Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country’s U.N. mission,” the Associated Press reported. “Officials call it the ‘New York channel.’ Yun is the only U.S. diplomat in contact with any North Korean counterpart. The communications largely serve as a way to exchange messages, allowing Washington and Pyongyang to relay information.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised Yun directly during a recent discussion of U.S. efforts to handle the crisis.

  • Roy Fredrichsen

    Negotiating with North Korea sounds good on the surface but after examining past experience it has been proven that “little twirp” WILL NOT keep his word on ANY Negotiated Truce just like he has done in the past. Shoot first and ask questions later.

  • roboteq

    President Trump is no dummy. He is keeping the media busy with public bluster while getting the real deals done without media interference.

  • Jose

    Hey newspeople, STFU and leave those talks alone. It is better to just wait and see what comes out of it instead of being negative about everything.

    • Bob

      Have you noticed how the media will not keep a secret nor allow this Administration to? Here the Administration is doing what they want, talking and not sabre rattling, and they are still after him for it.

  • Patriot41

    Doesn’t look like those talks are very effective.

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