Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Joseph Yun to Retire as Senior US Diplomat for North Korea

Joseph Yun to Retire as Senior US Diplomat for North Korea

The United States should create the "right" conditions if it wanted talks with North Korea, according to a pro-North Korean newspaper based in Japan on Thursday.

During that year, North Korea conducted 16 provocative missile tests, unveiled what it claimed was its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the USA mainland, and engaged in a fiery war of threats with the Trump administration.

Joseph Yun, the chief USA nuclear negotiator and proponent of dialogue with North Korea in the Trump administration, is resigning at the end of the week.

The paper also accused the U.S. of misleading the worldwide community into thinking that North Korea was begging for talks after "giving in" to sanctions under pressure.

The bilateral accord called for "finally and irreversibly" resolving the issue of Korean women who were forced to work as prostitutes for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

"I think this is a huge loss for the US government at a critical moment", Abraham Denmark, the director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, told CNN.

The agreement was struck under the administration of South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

And that left President Moon, who had counted on the Olympics to ease tensions, holding the diplomatic bag.

Still, Lankov and others Fox News spoke with feel that there is little chance North Korea will budge on the key point: Getting rid of their nukes. He was an advocate for diplomacy in dealing with Pyongyang.

On Friday, Washington announced its largest package of sanctions yet on North Korea.

"If and when they decide to hold those (military) games", Korea expert Jean Lee noted, "we could be back to 'square one'".

The newspaper also accused the U.S. of misleading the worldwide community by saying the North is begging for talks because it is giving in to sanctions and pressure.

"He was skeptical and wary of the White House's hardline approach toward North Korea from the beginning", a senior South Korean official told Reuters, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. "I think it will be extremely hard (for South Korea and the US) to postpone or delay the exercises". He joined the network in 1998 as a correspondent.

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