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Richardson, a veteran diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said he had held positive meetings in Santa Fe with representatives from the North Korean mission to the United Nations. "The North Koreans are sending good signals, that they're ready to talk directly to the United States," Richardson said on CNN. "They felt that the President Clinton visit was good, that it helped thaw relations, make them easier." "I detected for the first time ... a lessening of tension, some positive vibration," he said.