NHK reported this morning that Special Representative for North Korea Biegun briefed the envoys of the UN Security Council members, Japan, and the ROK at the U.S. mission to the UN in New York yesterday on the second U.S.-DPRK summit in Hanoi, urging them to steadily implement the sanctions mandated by UNSC resolutions until North Korea’s full denuclearization is achieved. Japanese Ambassador to the UN Bessho was quoted as stating after the meeting: “The U.S. voiced its strong determination to continue to impose sanctions and the UNSC permanent members asked questions enthusiastically.”
TBS also reported this morning on the meeting, saying that according to a participant in this meeting, Biegun told the envoys that the U.S. and the DPRK were able to “close the gap” on many issues despite their failure to reach an agreement on denuclearization at the summit. He also reportedly said that he hopes to resume working level U.S.-DPRK talks “in the near future,” although he admitted that no contact has been made after the Hanoi Summit. TV Asahi also aired a brief report on the meeting.