The Joe Biden team is “deeply doubtful that North Korea has any interest in denuclearization,” said Evan Medeiros, a former senior Asia director at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Barack Obama administration.
According to a group of 34 foreign affairs and security experts surveyed by the JoongAng Ilbo, only one responded that the Biden administration could consider partially easing sanctions on North Korea for the sake of improving inter-Korean relations
Harry Harris, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to South Korea, said in a virtual forum Tuesday that “hope alone” will not resolve the North Korea denuclearization problem, while underscoring the importance of joint military exercises between the allies
President Moon Jae-in said he looks forward to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un making a visit to the South in the future, reaffirming his belief that Kim still has the “will for peace, dialogue and denuclearization” Monday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged in an interview Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has “yet to make a decision” on whether to follow through on his commitment to denuclearize.
Noh Kyu-duk, a career diplomat serving as a presidential aide, was named Seoul’s new chief nuclear envoy Monday amid a transition in the U.S. administration expected to introduce a new team of negotiators for North Korea denuclearization talks.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Thursday at a think tank in Seoul that the “time for peace has arrived,” stressing that “sustained engagement” is the only way forward to resolve the challenges with North Korea.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun held talks with Korean diplomats including Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun in Seoul on Wednesday — an opportunity for Seoul to encourage cooperation between the allies to resume North Korea talks.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun kicks off a four-day visit to Seoul Tuesday for talks with South Korean officials about the bilateral alliance and coordination on North Korea amid stalled denuclearization negotiations.
Joe Biden, the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, said he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the condition that Pyongyang draws down its nuclear capabilities.