As expected in a Feb. 22 posting here, there wasn’t much action coming out of the latest U.S. talks with North Korea focusing on nuclear disarmament, observes Grumpy Editor.
The two-day U.S.-North Korea session late last week in Beijing was the latest in a series of efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions.
Six nation talks involving South Korea, North Korea, Japan, Russia, China and the U.S. have been going on and off for more than nine years.
The Voice of America Web site on Friday did its best to herald the outcome of the Beijing meetings.
While VOA’s positive headline read, “US, North Korea Hold ‘Substantive’ Talks in Beijing,” the story’s lead got down to earth with:
“The United States and North Korea ended two days of talks in Beijing Friday with no breakthrough on Pyongyang's controversial nuclear program.”
It added, “But U.S. negotiator Glyn Davies says the talks were none-the-less ‘serious and substantive.’”
That contrasted with The Wall Street Journal’s Saturday headline, “Little Action in U.S., North Korea Talks.”
The latest session ended without mention of providing food aid, as supplied in the past, to the Communist nation.
The Beijing gathering also was a barometer to see if new leader Kim Jong-Eun was more open to diplomacy, following the December death of his father, Kim Jong-il.