Top US and South Korean officials agreed on Thursday to try to persuade North Korea to return to talks on its nuclear program, which phiongyang has insisted it would not do so in protest of what it called US animosity.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman was in sol As part of her regional tour which will take her to China later this week. She will be the highest-ranking US official to visit China since the president Joe Biden Took office in January.
On Thursday he met with the foreign minister of South Korea chung ui-yong For talks on military alliances and other regional issues between North Korea, Seoul and Washington.
Chung’s ministry said in a statement that the two decided to continue close consultations to bring North Korea back into talks and agreed that talks are necessary for complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
Chung tells Sherman to attempt to strengthen the South Korean–American alliance. According to the statement, Sherman responded that she would do so, saying that the alliance was the key to peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and Northeast Asia.
US-led diplomacy aimed at isolating North Korea from its nuclear program in exchange for economic and political gains has been stalled for nearly two and a half years. A major sticking point is North Korea’s call for the United States to abandon a policy it considers hostile – an apparent reference to punishing US-led sanctions imposed on its previous nuclear and missile tests.
Last month, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shrugged off the prospects of resuming nuclear diplomacy, saying US hopes of talks “would plunge them further into despair.” After his statement, Kim’s foreign minister said that North Korea was not considering the possibility of any contact with Americans saying that “which will get us nowhere, only taking up precious time.”
Blunt back-to-back statements expected a resumption of diplomacy that flared up after Kim said North Korea was ready for both talks and confrontation – though more for confrontation.
Some experts say there will likely be an urgent need for North Korea to return to talks with the United States if its current pandemic-related economic difficulties worsen.