Un­of­fi­cial US-N Korea talks held in Malaysia

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A group of for­mer US diplo­mats held closed door talks at the week­end with se­nior Py­ongyang of­fi­cials, even as in­ter­na­tional ef­forts gather pace to fur­ther iso­late North Korea, diplo­mat­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally. The two-day meet­ing in Kuala Lumpur, which was con­firmed by the South Korean and US gov­ern­ments, was the lat­est in a se­ries of un­of­fi­cial talks com­monly re­ferred to as Track 2 that are closely mon­i­tored in the ab­sence of any of­fi­cial contact be­tween Washington and Py­ongyang. In July, the North cut off its only re­main­ing of­fi­cial chan­nel of diplo­matic com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the United States in re­tal­i­a­tion for Amer­i­can sanc­tions against its leader, Kim Jong-Un. The so-called “New York chan­nel” had pre­vi­ously served as a key point of contact be­tween North Korean and US diplo­mats at the United Na­tions.

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