South Korea

US nuclear envoy visits South Korea amid North Korea missile tension, stalled talks

Reuters

FILE. The flag of the Republic of Korea (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016.

Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Special Representative Sung Kim urges urges North Korea 'to refrain from further provocations and engage in sustained and substantive dialogue'

The United States envoy for North Korea arrived in South Korea on Saturday, October 23, amid stalled denuclearization talks and tension over Pyongyang’s recent missile tests.

Special Representative Sung Kim’s visit came days after North Korea fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, which prompted criticism from Washington and calls for a return to talks aimed at denuclearizing the North in return for US sanctions relief.

Kim, after talks in Washington with South Korean and Japanese counterparts on Tuesday, October 19, urged North Korea “to refrain from further provocations and engage in sustained and substantive dialogue.”

Pyongyang so far has rejected US overtures, accusing the United States and South Korea of talking diplomacy while ratcheting up tensions with their own military activities.

On Thursday, October 21, the North said the United States was overreacting to its self-defensive SLBM test and questioned the sincerity of Washington’s offers of talks, warning of consequences.

Arriving in South Korea, Kim said he looks forward to having “productive follow-up discussions” with his counterpart, without elaborating. – Rappler.com