The United States is trying again to persuade North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.
A senior U.S. official tells NPR that U.S. diplomats are communicating with the reclusive regime. They are passing messages through North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in New York.
The goal is a new round of “working-level” talks between experts from the two nations. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to make such an effort during their dramatic meeting in June at the fortified boundary between North and South Korea.
But the effort has begun slowly, and a question hangs over the initiative. After multiple frustrations, U.S. strategists are asking if Kim Jong Un is capable of making the nuclear deal the Trump administration wants.
It’s significant if the U.S. concludes Kim can’t make a deal, since the U.S. has tried so hard to appeal directly to him. President Trump has now met Kim three times, exchanged letters with him and even declared that they “fell in love.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has visited the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.