November 16, 2016 12:59
The government is sending a delegation led by Cho Tae-yong, a Cheong Wa Dae adviser for national security, to the U.S. for talks with the transition team of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.
The Park Geun-hye administration has moved faster than previous governments as the real estate tycoon has made some very alarming noises about the Korea-U.S. alliance and trade on the campaign trail.
"We're going to explain our position and try to have it reflected in U.S. policies as much as possible in advance, given that unlike his predecessors Trump doesn't seem to have formulated complete policies toward the Korean Peninsula and East Asia yet," a government source said.
The decision was also spurred by news that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Trump in New York this week. But some critics warn that a hasty meeting could backfire.
Meanwhile, North Korea is also moving fast to gauge out the atmosphere in the U.S. after Trump's victory. Choe Son-hui, the head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's bureau handling U.S. affairs, will talk in Switzerland with U.S. experts including Joel Wit, a former North Korea analyst at the U.S. State Department, Kyodo News reported.
But a Foreign Ministry official here said there is nothing to worry about. "There is nothing special in the U.S.-North Korea meeting in Geneva, which is just part of a private-level approach," he added.
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