Experts Take Positive View of N. Korea’s Willingness to Hold Talks
North Korea’s announcement expressing willingness to negotiate with the United States on denuclearization is a positive step but one that needs to be dealt with cautiously, say former U.S. officials who have dealt extensively with North Korea. On Monday, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, told a South Korean delegation visiting Pyongyang that he is willing to a “hold a heartfelt dialogue” to begin negotiations with the U.S. on denuclearization. “It’s certainly a positive development if such talks get scheduled…I do hope that it moves forward,” Ambassador Wendy Sherman told VOA. “If all comments are accurate and North Korea says it will stop testing as these conversations move forward, this, of course, would be a positive sign,” said Sherman, who served as North Korea policy coordinator during the Clinton administration and most recently as undersecretary of state for political affairs during the Obama administration. The U.S. needs to proceed to talks...
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