Report: U.S. diplomat has been conducting back channel diplomacy with North Korea for months

Report: U.S. diplomat has been conducting back channel diplomacy with North Korea for months

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The U.S. and North Korea have been engaging in backchannel diplomacy talks for months, the Associated Press reports. The discussions, usually between the U.S. envoy for North Korea and senior North Korean diplomat, initially addressed Americans imprisoned in North Korea, and the conversations have since continued to develop. Officials note to the AP that the interactions have not exactly cooled the tensions over military confrontation, but they do suggest a level of pragmatism underneath the escalating rhetoric between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Joseph Yun is the sole U.S. backchannel on North Korea:

Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea, finds himself in a unique position - he's the only official in contact with a North Korean counterpart, using what's been dubbed the “New York channel" to transmit messages between Washington and Pyongyang.
Yun communicated with a North Korean diplomat in June regarding the release of imprisoned Ohio college student Otto Warmbier, and he's remained in contact with the diplomat.

There's infighting at the White House, undermining attempts at a consistent message :

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has encouraged diplomacy talks, but President Trump's deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, publicly rebuked Tillerson, saying that "the idea that Secretary Tillerson is going to discuss military matters is simply nonsensical."
The administration also has yet to brief the Armed Services Committee:
On Thursday, President Trump appeared to allude to backchannel efforts, saying that “we’ll always consider negotiations." But today, the president doubled down on fiery rhetoric: “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely," he tweeted.

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