February 13th, 2012
12:57 PM ET

North Korea and U.S. to meet

By Elise Labott

A U.S. envoy will meet with North Korean officials next week to test that nation's willingness to abandon its nuclear program, the State Department said Monday.

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will meet with his counterpart, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, in Beijing on February 23, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

Davies just returned from Russia, where he discussed continuing efforts to get North Korea to disarm.The talks will mark the first high-level contact since the death of North Korea's longtime leader, Kim Jong Il, in December and the subsequent transition of power to his youngest son, Kim Jong Un.

Washington hopes the talks signal the new regime's desire to negotiate with the United States and address international concerns over its nuclear program.

Kim's death last month threw into flux U.S. plans for renewed diplomacy with North Korea, including formal talks on ending Pyongyang's nuclear program and possible resumption of U.S. food assistance.

The North Korea government was expected to suspend its uranium enrichment in exchange for food assistance as part of a deal that was to be announced around the time of Kim's death.

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  1. Khan

    Why should the aappel be made to Brenda O'Connor ? The short answer to this is that the person who proposed a discussion paper regarding an R18+ rating for computer games was the former minister for Home Affairs Bob Debus. When Bob Debus decided to leave the front bench -and eventually the political arena (he's not contesting the next election)- Brendan O'Connor became Minister for Home Affairs. Unlike the previous Liberal government where the censorship minister was clearly identifed as the Federal Attorney General, under the current government Bob Debus as Minister for Home Affairs took responsibility for censorship related issues. As far as I can tell the Minister for Home Affairs takes responsibility for censorship related issues in the Federal Government.

    April 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
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    February 14, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  3. Babyhitler3000

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA this si funny! we should just let north korea kill its self! then when they need help we take over! perfect plain! oooh and i hate the food over there! booooooom!

    February 13, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  4. PullMyFinger

    Hey North Korea!!!! Pull my finger!!!

    February 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  5. mipolitic

    well we are all waiting to see if the son is with the reality of this world or if he is in fog of hatred , confusion , and opression. i think we all know what the answer will be sadly. i also think this is obama deverting the eyes of america away from the real ugly threat of iran nukes. more and more i think obama is not willing to face down the real threat.

    February 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • SpaceCadet

      Real threat? What real threat? I'm more worried about our government's lack of fiscal responsibility than the "perceived" threat of Iran nukes. Now that's a REAL threat... ourselves...

      February 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • gadaffi

        Oh dear...really? Blame the world recession on the black man? Your priorities are fucked as is your tiny little brain.

        February 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
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        bro dnt think iran nucler treat is an empty treat, dats reall problem that needs to be avarted.

        February 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • Chris

        Trade with china has caused a lot of our economic problems. Recessions come and go, cycles of boom/bust deregulation are replaced with regulation. What makes this situation different is the lack of jobs to recover with. They went to China, and it made our economy fragile. We need to think back, 10 years ago. Hardly anything was made there. We did just fine. Precedent. Don't need 'em. Move the jobs somewhere else. Even if they don't go to the US, the US will get jobs back due to the fact that we can compete when the rules are fair.

        February 14, 2012 at 2:24 am |
    • gadaffi

      Even if KJ Un posessed an iota of humanity it would soon be mitigated by the despots that lead him around like a blind man. Come on.....the boy is just that, a boy. I shouldn't for one minute imagine that he is able to do much more than open supermarkets, if indeed they have such a thing.
      So you are also advocating all out war with Iran? Obama at least has the sense to approach matters with dignified diplomacy. I'm sure had we been subjected to a Republican leadership, we would already be at war. Obama's handling of Libya was exemplary. People like yourselves have no real clue as to the enormous damage Bush and his ilk have caused. Not least to the US's image around the globe. Obama has done a hell of a lot to fix that, in spite of tremendous odds and obstruction from ignorant, republican rascists in congress.
      How, by the way, would you face down the perceived (by whom exactly) threat? The threat is to Israel, no-one else. Let them take them out if that's what they feel they have to do to continue with their domination of hte middle east. Once the dust settles, you will see no nuclear arms (ring a bell?) but a seriously downgraded Iran who will have to start from scratch to resume their terrorist acvtivities. Clandestine support of terror cells etc., will always be part of Iran's MO, nothinf will change that. I'm afraid the arguments for 'nuking' Iran just don't stand up. There are much worse regimes that possess nuclear weapons as well as the means to deploy them. You think Pakistan has their fissile material all nicely locked up with a caution to would-be terrorists, to please not touch? I would bet on the fact that it's probably out there already on the open market. Fact is, it only takes a mad man to detonate a dirty bomb; not neccesarily an Islamic one either.

      February 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Roy Cohn

      The 'let's all blame Obama' game never gets old with you, does it, old man? I'll bet you rue the day that you've lived long enough to see a 'darkie' in the Out...oops, White House.
      On the other hand; your analogy of 'fog, hatred, confusion and oppression is quite astute – that is as long as it's applied to the ignorant, inbred, morbidly obese puppet populace of America.

      February 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply

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