US-North Korea met last month, nothing came of it
US special envoy for 6 party talks, Clifford Hart
April 9th, 2013
05:50 PM ET

US-North Korea met last month, nothing came of it

By Elise Labott

In the days before North Korea’s latest round of threats and provocations, US and North Korean officials met in New York, although nothing came of the meeting, said a source familiar with what transpired. The source described the meeting as part of regular backchannel exchanges between the countries.

Clifford Hart, the US envoy for six party talks aimed at North Korean denuclearization, met with North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador Han Song-ryol  in mid March, according to the source.

Hart repeated the Obama administration’s call for North Korea to avoid provocative actions and urged a return to diplomacy.  Han promised to communicate the message back to Pyongyang, the source said.

The meeting was held as part of the so-called “New York channel,” a backchannel  typically used to communicate and pass messages between Washington and Pyongyang in the absence of normal relations. In February, North Korea used the New York channel to warn the State Department  about its third nuclear test.

The meeting was first reported by the Foreign Policy magazine blog, The Cable.

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    It looks like we did not learn our lesson from WW2. You cannot appease the aggressor. This man is acting like a spoiled child, who thinks that if he screams long enough , he will get his way. Diplomacy is a must, but only true diplomacy. Hitler also wanted the Sudetland, and only that area, but in the end he brought a terrible terror to the whole world. This individual broke numerous agreements signed at the armistice for the "war to end all wars." France and England continue to hope and pray for peace but peace came at a terrible price after millions of lives lost and the Holocaust that it created. Again we see an aggressor who wants nothing more than to plunge the world in to another war. Russia, China, France, England, and the United States have a moral obligation to stop him, whether he is an ally of anyone or not. Those 5 nations could stop this in a heartbeat by cooperating together, not only for themselves but for all humanity.

    April 11, 2013 at 2:49 am | Reply
  3. Jethuk Ffthuk

    SHOOT ANYTHING THEY PUT UP IN THE AIR DOWN AND LET EVERYONE SEE WHAT THE TRUTH IS

    April 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  4. CMI

    That's their problem. "Nothing came of it." They want real negotiations.

    April 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Reply
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    THE QUESTION IS WHO IS PUTTING NK UP TO THIS, & WHAT DO THOSE WHO ARE PUTTING NK UP TO "THIS" EXPECT TO GAIN

    AT THIS POINT WHAT CAN LITTLE KIM DO THAT DOES NOT RESULT IN THE JOINING OF THE KOREAS– POLITICALY ALBIET SOONER THEN LATER

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    April 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Reply

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