The Obama administration said Sunday it is willing to hold direct talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons if it first resumes international negotiations.
What are the implications of sending a former president to broker a deal?
Despite reports of his declining health, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il seems fully in charge of the reclusive communist country, White House national security adviser James Jones said.
Jones said former President Bill Clinton passed no official messages and made no promises during his mission last week to bring home two American journalists convicted of illegally entering North Korea and held in prison.
Making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, Jones added few details. He did say Clinton "was able to convey his personal views of the issue of the moment, which is making sure nuclear weapons do not appear on the Korean peninsula."
"Meaning if they come back to the talks, we will talk to them bilaterally within those talks," Jones said. "We have coordinated all of this by the way with the other allies — the Chinese, the Russians, the South Koreans, the Japanese," Jones said. "So the path is clear, and President Clinton is a very convincing gentleman and I hope he was able to convince them."
Originally posted by Quazze
Interesting (S&F). So let me get this straight, as I believe this is how the talks will go down:
1) Retart 6 Nation Party Talks Begin
2) US & NK Slowly Begin Bilaterial Talks
3) 6 Nation Party Group Promises and "Provides" NK with Food and Fuel
4) US & NK Begin Serious Talks to dismantling Nuclear Program
5) NK gets upset and leaves, having used up all the food and fuel
6) Repeat Step 1 unless otherwise noted