United States has been conducting back-channel talks with North Korea for months

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

A number of Trump administration officials, including the president himself, have publicly commented on the recent threats made by North Korea, including a proposed strike on the waters off Guam, a USA territory in the western Pacific. -North Korean relations and Americans imprisoned in North Korea, the source said. "The potential for infrastructure improvement and job creation will be limitless and, to use an old chestnut, we'll be putting the "new" back into 'nuclear'".

The Associated Press has learned that the Trump administration has quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months.

The talks ramped up after President Donald Trump's inauguration, according to the source familiar with the negotiations, with the USA side aiming to secure the release of Warmbier and the other Americans held in North Korea. But the fact that the USA and North Korea are still talking while mutually threatening each other with missile fire shows that the public drama doesn't translate to private anger or calls to action. "After the radiation subsides, the earth will need patching up and members of the Trump family and its vast real estate organization will emerge from their protected lead-lined bunkers to make sure it happens", said Fallout Facilitator Dr. Harold T. Throckminion.

"These are leaders in these countries", Panetta said.

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He said nothing - not even sanctions against China - will prompt them "to do our bidding" with North Korea. Liou said Japan's comments were squarely aimed at ensuring a continued US military presence in the region.

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USA officials and others familiar with the exchanges say they're occurring between the US envoy for North Korea policy and a senior North Korean diplomat at the country's United Nations mission.

But Peter Galbraith, the former U.S. Ambassador to Croatia in the 1990s during the war in the Balkans, told the Herald the back channel between the U.S. and North Korea doesn't seem to be on par with the secret line of communication between Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Observers quickly related his remarks to President Harry S. Truman's fiery rhetoric in a statement 72 years ago, in which Truman announced toward the end of World War II that the US had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

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