Sunday, January 22, 2012

US, allies plot next steps on post-Kim N.Korea

Senior officials from the United States and close allies South Korea and Japan met Tuesday to coordinate their next steps on North Korea amid deep concern following the death of leader Kim Jong-Il.

The United States was considering a new engagement drive with North Korea when Kim suddenly died on December 17, leaving control of the isolated and nuclear-armed state to his young and inexperienced son Kim Jong-Un.

Kurt Campbell, the top US diplomat on Asia, went into a day of closed-door talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinsuke Sugiyama and Lim Sung-Nam, South Korea's envoy to stalled nuclear talks on North Korea, a US official said.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday that the talks "will focus on ensuring that we're well coordinated on our policy towards North Korea" and also look at "broader regional issues writ large." Read More