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North Korea's chief six-party delegate Ri Yong-ho meets with former U.S. officials: Reports

Updated: 2014-05-27 10:25:53 (KST)
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North Korea's chief delegate to the six-party nuclear talks Ri Yong-ho is confirmed to have met with former U.S. government officials in Mongolia.
Seoul-based Yonhap News reports Ri met with former U.S. State Department official Joel Wit as well as ex-C-I-A analyst, Robert Carlin.
Washington says the two, if they indeed made contact, were acting in their own capacity and that the U.S. government has a separate channel of communications with Pyongyang.
The U.S. also made clear its message to North Korea remains the same -- that Pyongyang needs to show a sincere attitude about giving up its nuclear ambitions.
When asked about the matter, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang told reporters that he wasn't aware of the meeting.


Reporter : jlaah@arirang.co.kr

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bartektodde (USA) 2014-05-27    

"...met with former U.S. government officials in Mongolia."

"...met with former U.S. State Department official Joel Wit as well as ex-C-I-A analyst, Robert Carlin."

(What was the purpose of meeting with EX 0fficials?)


"The U.S. also made clear its message to North Korea remains the same -- that Pyongyang needs to show a sincere attitude about giving up its nuclear ambitions."

(I wouldn't give up my nuclear ambitions. I'd want nuclear weapons for self-defense purposes.)