Chinese, U.S. Envoys Engage on North Korea Security

Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 28, 2014, 6:30 a.m.

Seni­or U.S. and Chinese of­fi­cials on Monday as­sessed the se­cur­ity cli­mate in North Korea amid re­ports of on­go­ing purges and ex­e­cu­tions by Py­ongy­ang.

Speak­ing in Beijing, U.S. spe­cial en­voy for North Korea policy Glyn Dav­ies said he and Chinese of­fi­cials re­viewed “in great depth” the do­mest­ic situ­ation in the North, where the sur­prise Decem­ber ex­e­cu­tion of Jang Song Thaek — the uncle of ruler Kim Jong Un — has un­nerved the East Asia re­gion and raised ques­tions about the sta­bil­ity of the Kim re­gime, Ky­odo News re­por­ted.

In re­cent days, mul­tiple re­ports from uniden­ti­fied sources de­scribed fur­ther ex­e­cu­tions of re­l­at­ives and as­so­ci­ates of Jang, prompt­ing heightened glob­al con­cerns. Were there to be an ab­rupt gov­ern­ment col­lapse in Py­ongy­ang, it could have dis­astrous im­plic­a­tions for the se­cur­ity of the na­tion’s nuc­le­ar devices or ma­ter­i­als.

Dav­ies told re­port­ers he dis­cussed with seni­or Chinese of­fi­cials how best “to put pres­sure” on the North to en­gage in “cred­ible” de­nuc­lear­iz­a­tion ne­go­ti­ations.

The spe­cial en­voy is next sched­uled to travel to Seoul where, on Wed­nes­day, he is to meet with seni­or South Korean nuc­le­ar ne­go­ti­at­or Cho Tae-yong for more talks about the North Korean nuc­le­ar im­passe, the Yon­hap News Agency re­por­ted. The dis­cus­sions prob­ably will look at the in­tern­al se­cur­ity situ­ation in the North as well as Kim’s re­cent peace over­tures to the South, uniden­ti­fied Seoul of­fi­cials said.

North Korean gov­ern­ment news­pa­per Ro­dong Sin­mun in a Tues­day ed­it­or­i­al re­newed calls for Seoul to ac­cept Py­ongy­ang’s of­fer for a mu­tu­al truce on pro­voc­at­ive activ­it­ies and armed hos­til­it­ies, Yon­hap sep­ar­ately re­por­ted.

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