US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said that diplomacy remains the ‘best’ and ‘only’ course to address the North Korean nuclear quandary, calling for Pyongyang to return to dialogue, Yonhap agency reports.
Biegun, who doubles as Washington’s top nuclear envoy, made the remarks during a lecture in Seoul recapping his years-long, unfinished negotiations with the North, which he cast as being marked by ‘setbacks, disappointments and missed opportunities.’
As we look to the future, I remain convinced that diplomacy remains the best course, indeed the only course, to solving our challenges with North Korea, he said during the lecture at the local think tank Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
Pyongyang has some pivotal events coming up, in particular, the eighth party congress in January. We strongly encourage North Korea to use the time between now and then to set a path for the resumption of diplomacy, he added.