Beyond the Fiery Words, US Quietly Pursues Diplomacy with North Korea


WASHINGTON — Even as tensions between the US and North Korea have intensified, along with President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, US diplomats have quietly and steadily been in contact with their North Korean counterparts.

The meetings, led by the US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun and reported on by CNN, have focused on Americans detained in North Korea, but have also touched on the relationship between the two countries.

The US has been in contact with North Korea since at least February at an official level and there have been lower-level talks between Americans — though none who represent the US government — and North Korean officials.

Working through a longstanding mechanism known as the “New York channel” that was created to send messages back and forth through the UN, Yun has been in regular contact with his primary counterpart, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN, Pak Song…

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