UPDATED 11:51 AM PT – Tuesday, October 19, 2021
A trio of international diplomats are mulling over what to do with the rough state of North Korea. On Monday, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim said the upcoming meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts needs to address North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
Kim stressed all parties need to come together to promote lasting peace in the region and concrete steps toward denuclearization. He added, the Biden administration remains committed to opening up peaceful talks with the Kim Jong-un regime.
Envoy Kim said the meeting is urgent amid the mounting threats from North Korea. This includes several missile tests the socialist regime deemed successful in October and September with the latest being launched into the Sea of Japan.
@USAsiaPacific: Special Representative for the DPRK Sung Kim reaffirmed U.S. commitment and the importance of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in working toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in his productive meeting with ROK Special Representative Noh Kyu-duk. pic.twitter.com/kJIffnisvu
— Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (@USAsiaPacific) October 19, 2021
Additionally, last month the International Atomic Energy Agency warned North Korea is developing their uranium enrichment program and is getting closer to weaponizing the element.
Kim Jong-un and his sister, Kim Yo-jong, have criticized the U.S. for engaging in joint military exercises with South Korea and have claimed to take the operations as a declaration of war.
Additionally, Ambassador Kim cited other concerns over human rights abuses, which could include manufactured famines, public executions and Orwellian censorship as reasons to keep United Nations-backed sanctions in place.
Kim is expected to spearhead the trilateral meeting with our allies Tuesday at the State Department headquarters in Washington D.C. He’s also slated to take a trip to South Korea to meet one-on-one with his counterpart in that country and discuss an official end to the Korean War.