In an exclusive interview with Korea's Yonhap News, Mitchell Reiss, a senior foreign policy adviser to Republican candidate Mitt Romney, voiced skepticism over the impact the six-party talks would have on North Korea's nuclear program.
Reiss said, he is not sure that Pyeongyang really wants to talk with the U.S. about anything other than its unacceptable bid to be recognized as a nuclear power state.
The six-way talks, involving South Korea, China, Russia, and Japan have been stalled for years and Pyeongyang and Washington are seeking to revive the process.
Reiss was a chief U.S. negotiator with North Korea, on a project to construct light-water reactors there in the 1990s.
In the early 2000s, he worked as a strategic policy adviser for former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Reiss does not dismiss the importance of a dialogue with the North, but supports the so called, carrot-and-stick approach with the reclusive state.
He said, "things are changing and the new leader Kim Jong-un, is dealing with the world that's very different where both South Korea and U.S. has ended active engagement with the North."
He added, the alliance with South Korea will remain robust under a Republican rule in the U.S.
However, he would not answer questions over the specifics of Romney's policy vision, saying he wants to let the candidate speak for himself.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.