It has been confirmed that delegations from the U.S. and
North Korea met in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, on Friday last week.
North Korea’s Six-Party Talks representative, Vice-Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho informed journalists waiting at an airport in Beijing
earlier today that he had been involved in meetings with a team of U.S.
experts. The three-person team is said by third parties to have included veterans Robert
Carlin and Joel Wit.
However, is unclear what progress was made through the track
1.5 meetings, which the U.S. government has kept at arms’ length. The administration of President Barack Obama cleaves to a line whereby Pyongyang is required to move on denuclearization
prior to further talks, which the North Korean authorities are unprepared to accept.