Envoys from North Korea and a cautiously optimistic United States met Thursday for their first talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear programs since the death of the North’s longtime leader Kim Jong Il.
The discussions could provide signs of whether North Korea’s new government is ready to agree to steps demanded by Washington and Pyongyang’s neighbors to restart broader international disarmament talks, which are meant to provide aid and diplomatic concessions in return for the North abandoning its nuclear weapons programs.
Kim’s Dec. 17 death upended a deal between the United States and North Korea where Pyongyang would have suspended its uranium enrichment in return for food aid from Washington. The meetings in Beijing may provide a glimpse of North Korea’s goals under new leader Kim Jong Un, who has vowed to follow his father’s policies.
- via Huffington Post