[News Briefing] Campbell calls for re-engagement policy
a second visit to South Korea in four months, U.S assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell said Thursday, “The critical component in terms of developments on the Korean Peninsula in the current environment is to see a re-engagement between North and South Korea.”
The U.S. believes “there are some signs of dialogue and engagement between North Korea and South Korea and we encourage that process to continue,” Campbell told a reporter who asked about conditions for bilateral or nuclear talks with Pyongyang after meeting with South Korean Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Jae-shin and chief nuclear envoy Wi Sung-lac.
His remarks have been interpreted to mean that the U.S.- North Korea talks may be possible after to some extent the restoration of inter-Korean talks, a different route from China’s solution. China placed first priority to U.S.-North Korea talks to restore six-party talks. As for the re-engagement, “the fundamentals of that really are for South Koreans to decide,” he added.