October 24th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

U.S., North Korea meet

An interagency team of U.S. officials met Monday with a North Korean delegation in an effort to restart talks with the reclusive nation.

The decision by the United States to launch the two days of discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, stems in part from recent meetings between North Korea and South Korea, a senior State Department official told reporters traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Afghanistan last week.

"We had initial presentations of our respective positions," said Clifford Hart, U.S. special envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea, speaking at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. "I think these were useful presentations."

The two sides spoke for about two hours before breaking for lunch, he said. The U.S. and North Korean delegations planned to meet again "for another couple of hours, perhaps a little bit more, depends on the conversation," Hart said in a statement.

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  1. bobcat2u

    Alright US, you better come up with something good this time, or North Korea will threaten their neghbors to the south.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • toof987

      Probably just to let North Korea know the U.S. will be finishing up two wars and have room on the table for a new one. Would they prefer to be before or after Iran?

      October 25, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • RS

      LOL! @toof

      You mean we're as broke as a sad joke, humiliated ourselves/are about to retreat from 2 wars that we cannot end. There. I corrected your sentence for you, you goon hahah

      October 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    So wisdom dictates that we hold direct talks with one mighty force of 'evil' and 'enemies' like Talibans,Haqqanis etc for resolving issues but wisdom evaporates when it comes to Iran. Although they happen to neighbors of Afghanistan & share a long border with Pakistan where we are fighting our longest running war & Iraq . And a region vitally important for our strategic & economic goals.
    Great show of statesmanship.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Kim Jong has been threatening his neighbors from the south all along, with the rest of his 'enemies'.

    October 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat2u

    @banasy
    You know that was sarcasm.
    How are you today ?

    October 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    This is indeed good news when so much of it has been nothing but bad, bad, bad lately! I'm so sick and tired of all this idiotic warmongering and these "glorious" victories!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    @bobcat:

    Of course I know it was sarcasm...
    I'm fine.
    And you?

    October 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. expert

    what's for dinner?

    October 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chelsea

    whats for dinner??? lord i knew my day would finally arrive – i hate cooking! yay! so? whats for dinner im starving!

    October 25, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rohit

    They chose a nice place for the meeting. Maybe the swiss chocolates & milk would calm the NKoreans down.

    October 25, 2011 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. boobooo

    us cant go to war with real country like iran

    October 25, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      We don't need to with your unemployment rate around 20%, you guys are at war with each other for jobs. And yes, I do know you government officially puts unemployment around 11% but they also state there are no gays in Iran and the Holocaust never existed, so I'm inclined to believe 3rd party statisticians more.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Anderson Clayton

    The U.S. ? Dialog ???
    With a tomahauk in one hand and a nuke in the other?
    Does the U.S. knows any other language?

    October 25, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |