Hardly had the air waves announcing an agreement between the US and the DPRK on nuclear and missile matters and food aid, quieted, DPRK vice minister Ri Yong ho, senior North Korean nuclear negotiator at the joint talks in Beijing last week, accepted an invitation to visit Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
According to department of state spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, he will engage in informal talks during his three day stay.
Is this a sign of better things to come between Pyongyang and Washington? If anything, GuamDiary says, it affirms that when Kim Jong eun & co. want or agree to something, they will do it quickly and efficiently.
Minister Ri’s trip indicates that an agreement in principle had already been worked out before the sudden death of Kim Jong il; the US, however, clever by half thought that it could do better with his untried successor. Wrong.
Why go to Maxwell School in particular? We shall deal with the question in a follow up commentary.