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DPRK-US 'unofficial' talks on nuclear issue

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Added On January 19, 2015

The chief nuclear negotiator of the DPRK and former senior officials and scholars from the United States met in Singapore on Sunday to discuss topics including the DPRK nuclear issue.

The two-day unofficial meeting is taking place at a local hotel behind closed doors. 
 
The DPRK side is led by Ri Yong Ho, the DPRK's Six-Party Talks representative, while the U.S. team includes former U.S. special representative for DPRK policy Stephen Bosworth.
 
The U.S. Embassy in Singapore, which had been tight-lipped on details of the meeting, said in a statement that "this would be one of many Track 2 meetings held to discuss East Asia's political and security issues. The U.S. government is not involved in the proposed event."
 
Track 2 diplomacy often refers to non-governmental, informal and unofficial contacts and activities between private citizens or groups of individuals.
 
The DPRK has recently conveyed its willingness to resume DPRK-South Korea summits and hold direct dialogue with the United States. It also said that the DPRK side is willing to temporarily suspend its nuclear tests if the United States, in exchange, suspends joint military drills with South Korea. The proposal, however, was rejected by the United States.