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US Engagement with North Korea: The Bosworth Visit and Beyond

15 January 2010 - 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Chatham House, London


Joel Wit, Visiting Fellow, US-Korea Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Chair: Dr Jim Hoare, Chargé d'Affaires, British Embassy in Pyongyang, DPRK (2001-2003)



After the successful completion of US Special Representative Stephen Bosworth's recent trip to Pyongyang, the real work of negotiating with Pyongyang appears ready to begin. While most experts believed it would be difficult if not impossible to get the North Koreans to return to the Six party Talks, the problem will be securing significant progress towards the eventual elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The speaker will discuss the prospects for achieving denuclearization, and now that talks seem imminent he will outline possible strategic options the US could pursue to achieve that objective.

Joel S Wit is a Visiting Fellow at the US-Korea Institute, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Prior to Leaving the US State Department in 2002, he was involved in the formulation and implementation of US policy towards North Korea since the early 1990s. He is the co-author, along with Robert Gallucci and Daniel Poneman, of Going Critical: the First North Korea Nuclear Crisis (2004). His most recent publication is titled US Strategy towards North Korea: Rebuilding Dialogue and Engagement.