Recently, 김계관 (Kim, Kye-Kwan, North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister) was in the US to discuss the possibility of re-opening the 6-Party Talks. This was pretty much kept under wraps for the most part, but apparently, it’s so important, that South Korea decided to fly in and talk about this. Of course, more hands in the pot just means nothing will get done. The US wants North Korea to shut off their nuclear activities, South Korea wants North Korea to apologize for the sinking of the CheonAn and the shooting of an old lady. However, according to William Wan and Chico Harlan of the Washington Post:
One reason both sides seem more willing to talk now is heavy pressure from the United States and China, said Kim Keun-sik, a political science professor at Kyungnam University in Seoul.
“The biggest change is the U.S. and China. After the Yeonpyeong shelling, they both feared a higher possibility of war,” he said. “So it’s not like North Korea and South Korea want to talk. That hasn’t changed. But they’re being pushed together on the table by China and the U.S.”
In the end, the North Korean representative was at least satisfied with the meeting. Now, they have more reason to be happy, since it’s now North Korea’s turn to take charge of the UN’s Disarmament Forum.