clear
Monday October 22nd, 2018 3:47AM

As UN envoy visits, a look at N.Korea's diplomatic pipelines

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea's decision to hold talks with a senior United Nations official, who is also an American citizen and former U.S. diplomat, presents a rare opportunity for both sides to sound each other out in the increasingly isolated North Korean capital.

It may take a while to find out exactly what is being discussed during Jeffrey Feltman's visit this week. North Korea almost never discloses the details of its discussions with foreign delegations, and the U.N. says it doesn't plan to brief the media until after Feltman, its undersecretary-general for political affairs, completes his four-day visit.

Here is a look at other delegations North Korea has hosted recently, and some other ways it is engaging with the outside world that don't involve launching long-range ballistic missiles.

___

THE CHINESE ENVOY — China last month sent its highest-level envoy in two years. His official mission was to brief North Korean officials on the outcome of the recent congress of China's ruling Communist Party. The official, Song Tao, visited as Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy. He met with Choe Ryong Hae, one of North Korea's most senior leaders after Kim Jong Un. China's relations with North Korea have deteriorated under Kim, who has ignored Beijing's calls to end the North's nuclear and missile tests and return to disarmament talks. The visit was seen as an effort by Xi to explore a new approach in relations and his desire to head off further pressure from Washington to take stricter action against Kim's nuclear program.

___

WASHINGTON'S RESCUE — Efforts by the U.S. State Department to obtain access to four Americans held in North Korean jails, including secret talks in Norway, led to a mission by special envoy Joseph Yun in June to retrieve college student Otto Warmbier. Yun was allowed to travel to North Korea to bring back Warmbier, who had fallen into a coma and was in critical condition. Warmbier, who entered North Korea as a tourist, had been sentenced to 15 years for trying to steal a propaganda banner. He died just days after arriving bank in the United States. President Donald Trump declared a ban on most travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea because of Warmbier's case and concerns about Americans' safety.

___

EXCHANGES WITH MOSCOW — Though it didn't get much attention in the West, Choe Son Hui, the head of the North America desk at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, traveled to Russia in September and attended a non-proliferation conference in Moscow in October. A Russian political delegation visited North Korea in early October, and the head of Russian state-owned news agency TASS visited North Korea for the 69th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

___

OTHER CHANNELS — According to the U.S. State Department, Washington and Pyongyang do have a pipeline known as the "New York channel" for communication, though it's unclear how much either side has utilized it as tensions have ratcheted higher lately. Also, a trickle of low-profile delegations from around the world still arrive in the North Korean capital, while the North sends its own abroad.

___

Talmadge is the AP's Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at erictalmadge.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP World News
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2 men in court in terror plot to kill British prime minister
British media are reporting that two men due in court to face terror charges plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May
4:29AM ( 4 minutes ago )
Under Olympic flag, Russia can win medals
The International Olympic Committee has barred the Russian team from competing in Pyeongchang in February over widespread doping at the last edition of the Winter Games in 2014
4:06AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Saakashvili refuses to give himself up in Ukraine
The former president of Georgia who has become Ukraine's top opposition politician says he will not give himself up to authorities after the prosecutors issued an ultimatum
4:04AM ( 29 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals
Hundreds of thousands of poor people detained in hospitals because they can't pay: New report
3:35AM ( 58 minutes ago )
West Coast crisis leads to rise in US homeless population
The latest count of homelessness nationwide shows the population has increased for the first time in seven years, due mostly to a surging homeless crisis along the West Coast
3:32AM ( 1 hour ago )
Senate OK of Trump judicial picks buoys GOP, Dems dismayed
The pace of confirmations for President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has quickly become a source of pride for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans
3:21AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP National News
Reports: 2 men in terror plot to kill British prime minister
British media are reporting that two men due in court on terror charges plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May
2:33AM ( 2 hours ago )
GOP leaders now backing Moore, despite allegations
Republican leaders in Washington are coming to grips with the possibility _ perhaps even probability _ of Alabama's Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate
2:31AM ( 2 hours ago )
Atlanta mayor's race is too close to call as recount looms
The race for mayor in Atlanta early Wednesday was too close to call, with one candidate declaring herself the city's new leader and the other vowing to request a recount
2:31AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online National News
2 men in court in terror plot to kill British prime minister
British media are reporting that two men due in court to face terror charges plotted to assassinate Prime Minister Theresa May
4:29AM ( 4 minutes ago )
Under Olympic flag, Russia can win medals
The International Olympic Committee has barred the Russian team from competing in Pyeongchang in February over widespread doping at the last edition of the Winter Games in 2014
4:06AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Saakashvili refuses to give himself up in Ukraine
The former president of Georgia who has become Ukraine's top opposition politician says he will not give himself up to authorities after the prosecutors issued an ultimatum
4:04AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Los Angeles moves toward legal pot sales milestone
Los Angeles is poised to take a major step toward becoming the largest city in the U.S. that licenses the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana
4:02AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Patagonia expected to sue over Trump's monuments order
More lawsuits are expected Wednesday over the Trump administration's plans to shrink several national monuments.
3:56AM ( 37 minutes ago )