A thaw in U.S.-North Korea relations?–Radio Smart Talk, Thursday, August 6


Written by Scott LaMar

Is it a sign of progress?  Former President Bill Clinton’s publicly unannounced trip to North Korea Tuesday, that secured the release of two American journalists, may have opened the door for better cooperation between the two rival nations.

The White House stated that Clinton acted as a private envoy and wasn’t negotiating with North Korea.  The U.S. and several other nations have denounced North Korea for it’s on-going attempts to develop nuclear weapons.  The communist regime of Kim Jong Il launched a long range rocket, conducted a nuclear test, and test fired missiles earlier this year.

It’s not clear if President Clinton discussed nuclear proliferation with Kim.
Will this episode lead to at least the resumption of talks between the U.S. and North Korea?
John Park, Sr. Research Associate, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace
Genevieve Long, a contributing editor for The Epoch Times and a blogger on foreign affairs for the Foreign Policy Association