Back channel diplomacy may prevent war

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Washington and North Korea are engaged in secret communication

While the public stresses over President Trump’s apocalyptic warnings to Kim Jong-un, the Trump administration has been secretly conducting ‘back channel’ 432BBA6700000578-4782288-image-a-5_1502464937867diplomacy with North Korea for several months.

Joseph Yun (left), the U.S. envoy for North Korea, and Pak Song Il, a senior North Korean diplomat at the country’s U.N. mission, are in constant contact, according to the Associated Press. Yun is the only U.S. diplomat in contact with any North Korean counterpart.

Dubbed the ‘New York channel,’ the communications between Washington and Pyongyang were instrumental in gaining the release of American university student Otto Warmbier. The 22-year-old had been sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster from the Pyongyang hotel where he was staying. Warmbier was very ill when he arrived back in the U.S. and died a few days later.

As the back channel talks continue between the two countries, the North Korean dictator has set an August 15 deadline to rain missiles down on Guam, the U.S. military base in the Pacific.

If he does that, all hell will break loose. As President Trump warned, the U.S. military is “locked and loaded.”

 

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