A major setback in diplomacy talks with North Korea

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  1. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016
    Oh well... back to square one.


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. special envoy for North Korea plans to retire on Friday, the State Department said just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump again rejected talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis unless conditions are met.

    South Korean-born Joseph Yun, a strong advocate for engagement with Pyongyang, has led the U.S. outreach to North Korea, quietly pursuing direct diplomacy, since taking his post under former President Barack Obama in 2016.

    His departure leaves the State Department without a point person for North Korea policy at a time Pyongyang has signalled it may be willing to talk to the United States after a period of diplomatic contacts with South Korea during the Winter Olympics.

    Yun’s authority to engage with North Korea appeared to be undercut by a tug-of-war between the White House and State Department over North Korea policy under Trump.

    Yun told U.S. media his retirement was a personal decision and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had tried to persuade him to stay.

    “It is really my decision. The time, I thought, was right,” he told CBS News. “There is a bit of a lull in activity and I thought it would be a good (time) to get out.”

    Yun noted that North Korea had “stopped nuclear and missile tests,” CBS said. Pyongyang conducted its biggest and most recent nuclear bomb test in September and its largest and latest missile test in late November.

    Analysts called Yun’s departure a big blow to attempts to use diplomacy to resolve the crisis over North Korea’s development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States, which has raised fears of war.

    “This is exceptionally bad news,” Frank Jannuzi, an East Asia expert who heads the Mansfield Foundation, said on Twitter. “Joe Yun is the only senior official left at State who has experience dealing with the complexities of North Korea policy.”

    Former deputy assistant secretary of defence for East Asia Abraham Denmark called Yun’s departure “a huge loss for the U.S. government at a critical moment.”

    CBS quoted Yun as saying there were no policy differences “per se,” but officials he has dealt with in South Korea told Reuters he had appeared increasingly frustrated with conflicting views within the administration on how to deal with the crisis.

    Yun nevertheless appeared in step with recent administration positions when speaking to CBS.

    “We need to get it right,” he was quoted as saying. “We need to make sure if there are talks it will lead to denuclearization. We need a whole of government approach.”

    Yun, a 32-year foreign service veteran, did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

    The U.S. State Department said Tillerson had “reluctantly accepted his decision.”
  2. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    It’s time to give China an ultimatum, either they take care of Kim or we’ll turn NK into a parking lot.
  3. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    If you try doing that and starting WWIII what's to stop China from just cutting off trade with the US? Give it a month that people can't get their iPhones and the US will fall.
  4. duffman9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2003
    Deep in the Depths of CA
    The Fox News viewpoint of let’s turn NK into a parking lot somehow omits what will happen to SK.

    And who cares who retires. According to Trump, he is the only one that matters regarding foreign policy.
  5. darksithpro thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016

    He employs THE BEST peoples for the job, YUUGE!

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