October 19, 2021

Talks between ex-U.S. officials and N.Korea called off due to visa denial

Track 1.5 talks would have been held in March

Talks planned between former American officials and a visiting senior North Korean government delegation for next week won't go ahead as the U.S. Department of State has decided not to issue visas to the delegation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

The talks, which would have seen director of the DPRK foreign ministry’s U.S. affairs department Choe Son Hui meet former U.S. officials in New York between March 1-2, would have required Washington's tacit approval in order to obtain the necessary visas for the North Korean delegation.