Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
High-Level Talks on North Korea Raise Hopes of Negotiations Renewal
A series of high-level meetings on Monday and Tuesday among participants of the frozen talks with North Korea has caused some observers to speculate the long-paralyzed nuclear negotiations could be resumed shortly, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
On Monday, U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy Glyn Davies hosted senior South Korean nuclear negotiator Cho Tae-yong in Washington for talks that focused on "fine-tuning" the two governments' positions on Pyongyang, according to the South Korean diplomat. The two men are to be joined on Tuesday by Japan's senior atomic envoy, Junichi Ihara for trilateral talks that will focus on the nuclear impasse with the North. Last week China's point person for Korean Peninsula issues, Wu Dawei, held talks in the U.S. capital with Davies and other senior Obama administration officials. Dawei was visiting Pyongyang on Monday, according to Yonhap.
The string of high-level contacts has caused some observers to speculate in media reports that the six-nation talks involving China, Japan, the two Koreas, Russia and the United States could be restarted after a break of almost five years. However, an unidentified high-ranking Seoul official advised against being unduly optimistic.
"Media may expect an imminent, smooth birth," the source said. "But we are not there yet. We are going through labor pains, of which the ending time is hard to predict."
The chief bone of contention preventing the aid-for-denuclearization negotiations from being restarted is the demand by Washington, Seoul and Tokyo for Pyongyang to first offer a concrete demonstration of its commitment to irreversible nuclear disarmament. North Korea reportedly has offered in semiformal Track 1.5 talks to implement a moratorium on nuclear and long-range ballistic missile tests but that offer is understood to not go far enough for the three allies.
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
Oct. 6, 2014
The UNSCR 1540 Resource Collection examines implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in all of the regions and countries of the world to-date.
July 11, 2014
NTI Co-Chairman and CEO Sam Nunn calls for swift action to resolve remaining issues and open an IAEA nuclear fuel bank.
This article provides an overview of North Korea's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.