- North Korea Announces Secret Meeting with CIA Executive
- By Washington D.C. Correspondent Yu Shin-mo, Sohn Je-min
On October 9, a spokesperson for the National Defense Commission of North Korea announced, "Senior policy makers in the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency, whom we recently met officially and unofficially, stated that the United States had no hostile policies against North Korea. However, reality revealed that this message from the U.S. was false."
North Korea made public its private meetings with the U.S. while criticizing the revision of South Korea's missile guidelines, which extended the range of the South's ballistic missile to 800km from the previous 300km.
The Korean Central News Agency reported that the First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un (center) and his senior military staff paid their respects at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the 67th anniversary of the Workers' Party on October 10. Yonhap News
The North expressed their discomfort mentioning that the U.S. assured North Korea in private meetings that they had no hostile policies against the North, and then revised the missile guidelines to extend the missile range of the South.
In May, it was revealed that a U.S. military aircraft took off from the U.S. military base in Guam on April 7, a week before North Korea launched Kwangmyongsong 3. The aircraft flew over South Korea's airspace and arrived in Pyongyang, but neither the North nor the U.S. confirmed the event.
At the time, diplomatic sources said Daniel Russel, the Director for Japan, South Korea, and North Korea at the National Security Council, and Sydney Seiler, the NSC Deputy North Korea Mission Manager, met with North Korean senior officials in Pyongyang. Joseph DiTrani, the former US special envoy on North Korea arranged the meeting and accompanied the group to Tokyo, but did not go on to Pyongyang.
After the meeting, North Korea announced on numerous occasions their position to refrain from nuclear testing. Considering the North's position at the time and the fact that the North had contact with U.S. officials, it seems the visit to Pyongyang by the U.S. officials may not have been limited to just preventing North Korea's rocket launch.
The U.S. seems to have put an effort into post-launch management, in case they were not able to stop the rocket launch.
The diplomatic sources said, "At the time, the U.S. sent a clear message to the North telling them that a stern U.S. response to the missile launch was inevitable. However, the U.S. advised North Korea not to respond to this U.S. stance with further provocations or nuclear testing. They asked North Korea to wait a while, since they would be able to resume talks after the election."
In the announcement North Korea mentioned official and unofficial meetings implying a possibility that the U.S. may have had further private meetings with North Korea other than the meeting in Pyongyang on April 7. However, the announcement of secret meetings with North Korea may have a negative affect on Barack Obama's reelection campaign.