White House Seeks Resumption of North Korea Talks
Diplomacy “all but dead” since October
President Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the Administration has “reached out to the North Koreas,” asking them to resume talks over denuclearization. “We would like to continue the negotiations in Stockholm that were last undertaken in early October,” O’Brien told reporters.
He added, “We’ve been letting them know, through various channels, that we would like to get those [negotiations] back on track and to implement Chairman Kim’s commitment” to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
O’Brien said he was cautiously optimistic about the fact that Kim Jong Un hasn’t yet delivered his promised “Christmas gift,” which many analysts expected would be a nuclear weapons test.
President Trump recently sent a birthday message to Kim, but the North Koreans have said the courtship of President Trump will not change their policy.
- For President Trump, Robert O’Brien, and others on the president’s national security team, to be able to secure further diplomatic talks with the North Koreans.
- About “back-channel” talks that have been going on, and the potential for them to bear fruit in talks over denuclearization.
- About the relationship that President Trump had built with Chairman Kim and how it appears to have cooled off.