North Korea Resumes Nuclear Disarmament Talks
A senior United Nations envoy travelled to Pyongyang last week in order to spur talks aimed at achieving a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. Negotiations with the U.N. and the so-called six-nations have frequently been stalled over what has been seen as North Korea’s aggressive nuclear and missile programs. For the U.N., such high-profile diplomatic efforts represent the first between them and North Korea in six years. Despite the diplomatic efforts, the North has signaled an unwillingness to return to the six-nation talks unless the most recent U.N. sanctions cease and a formal peace treaty concluding the Korean War can be signed. For their part, the United States, Japan and South Korea have stated that neither sanctions nor a peace treaty will be discussed before six-nation talks resume.