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Senior U.S. administration officials held secret talks in North Korea on at least three occasions in 2011 and 2012, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
Although the visits had potential implications for Japan, Washington did not inform its security partner at the time and only informally confirmed one of them when the Japanese side pressed, government and other sources in Japan, South Korea and the United States said.
The U.S. State Department even warned the Foreign Ministry against making further inquiries, saying they would harm bilateral relations, the sources said.
U.S. military planes flew from an air base in Guam to Pyongyang and back on April 7, 2012, and again on a longer visit lasting from Aug. 18-20, the sources said.
When the Japanese side submitted an official inquiry, U.S. officials expressed frustration that the request had been made, citing the subject's confidential nature. The State Department warned Japan against inquiring further, saying Washington-Tokyo ties could be damaged.
"There must be many secrets between the United States and North Korea that Japan does not know about," a Japanese government source said.
Among the data that the United States withholds is assessments of the outcome of North Korea's nuclear tests.
saying Washington-Tokyo ties could be damaged.
Originally posted by leopardpimps
reply to post by Danbones
yeh i see that i know they create the 'bad guy' or as you put it the 'bogie man' .from Saddam to bin laden to whom ever they want oil from normally they make them out to be annoying and evil to go to war with them to take what they want from them. what i don't get is what do North Korea have for the u.s?
Originally posted by MystikMushroom
If you go to China and find the right tour outfit, you too can travel to N. Korea!
NEW KOREA TOURS IS THE ONLY US BASED TRAVEL AGENCY OFFERING AFFORDABLE GUIDED TOURS TO NORTH KOREA. WE OFFER TOURS TO NORTH KOREA SINCE 2005 AND HAVE HUNDREDS OF SATISFIED CUSTOMERS.