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UC San Diego Brings Together North Korean And U.S. Diplomats

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Representatives from North Korea, China, the U.S., South Korea, Russia and Japan met in Beijing on June 22, 2016, as part of the annual Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, organized by the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

UC San Diego Brings Together North Korean and U.S. Diplomats


Susan Shirk, founder, Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue


North Korea last week said it successfully launched an intermediate-range high-altitude missile, and for the first time, the U.S. did not immediately dismiss the test as a failure. But while North Korea was showing off its military progress, its nuclear diplomat was meeting with the U.S. and others at a forum organized by UC San Diego in Beijing.

The forum, called the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, was founded in 1993 by Susan Shirk, the former director of UCSD's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. Officials from China, Japan, North and South Korea, Russia and the U.S. are invited each year, but North Korea rarely attends. Its first appearance was in 2002 and it hasn't been part of the talks since 2012.

Choe Son Hui, deputy director general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's U.S. affairs bureau, was part of formal talks between those six countries to end North Korea's nuclear program. But they have not met since 2008. Choe was at the forum last week.

Shirk joins KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday to discuss what progress, if any, was made at the forum and the reaction to North Korea's missile test.

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