Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with South Korean officials in Seoul on Friday and said the US is looking to enter a dialogue with North Korea and that Washington has expressed that to Pyongyang.
“We are looking forward to a reliable, predictable, constructive way forward with the DPRK,” Sherman said, referring to North Korea. “We have offered to sit and dialogue with the North Koreans, and we are waiting to hear from them.”
In a statement on Sherman’s visit, the State Department said she discussed with South Korean officials “bilateral and multilateral cooperation to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
North Korea might not respond to the request for talks if the US still insists on the complete “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula. A more realistic approach would be for the US to offer sanctions relief in exchange for Pyongyang freezing its nuclear weapons program.
Sherman is set to visit China on July 25th and 26th. The visit will come amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing due to the Biden administration’s hostile China policies. Sherman said North Korea is one area where the US and China could cooperate.
“It has aspects that are competitive. It has aspects where it is challenging and aspects where we can cooperate,” Sherman said of US-China relations. “Thinking together about bringing the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is certainly an area for cooperation.”
6 thoughts on “Deputy Secretary of State Says US Has Offered Dialogue With North Korea”
“bringing the complete denuclearisation”of the rest of the world as well, as envisaged by the recent UN declaration supported by a large majority of the world’s nations, would be a lot more effective than keeping the top nuke powers as the only ones to decide whether or not to destroy the world.
Twice, Russia offered the U.S. complete denuclearisation. Truman turned it down, and so did Ike.
Kim Jong-un looks very healthy in recent photos. I wish him great health and a long life.
A meeting with Wendy Sherman won’t accomplish what either side wants. The Biden administration is bent on sanctioning countries and government officials with whom they disagree. Russia, China, Iran, and Germany know the drill.
Not condoning US belligerence towards North Korea but that doesn’t make Kim any less of a brutal authoritarian. I wouldn’t wish him good health anymore than the brutal authoritarian that sits in the white house.
Yes, he is a brutal authoritarian. That does not mean we have to spend untold amounts, or foment a coup. We have created enough problems in countries we have done that.
Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi agreed to denuclearization, how did that work for them? Secretary of State James Baker’s “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion, what happened with that promise?
Why would North Korea give up their nuclear weapons, given the above?
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