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U.S. special envoy on North Korea to visit Tokyo, Seoul

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The U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues, Julie Turner, will travel to Tokyo and Seoul from Monday, the State Department said.

On the visit through Feb 22, Turner will meet with government officials, activists and North Korean defectors, the department said in a news release on its website.

"Special Envoy Turner's trip will underscore the U.S. commitment to promoting human rights in North Korea, increasing access to uncensored information within the closed country, and empowering survivor voices advocating for concrete change," the release said.

Turner assumed the post in July last year, after it had been vacant since 2017, with the United States focusing more on bringing North Korea to the negotiating table over its nuclear programme during the period the posting was unfilled.

President Joe Biden, however, had vowed on taking office that human rights would be at the centre of his foreign policy.

Pyongyang denounced Turner - a Korean speaker and former director of the State Department's Office of East Asia and the Pacific in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor - as "wicked" and "mudslinging" after she was appointed.

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deanzaZZRToday 09:29 am JST

This, apparently, is a full time job. Sadly I couldn't find her salary but we all know it's over $100K.

The U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues

Exposing the crimes of China/Russia/NK/Iran is worth its weight in gold. I can understand why you wouldn't like that, though.

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HopeSpringsEternalToday  05:14 pm JST

Fortunately, NK has at least no history of proliferating to terrorists, unlike Iran.

"On February 1, Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Bagheri congratulated Pak Su-Il on his appointment as Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army. Bagheri’s statement stressed the importance of boosting cooperation between Iran and North Korea against “unilateralism” and “disruptive measures of global security.” While Bagheri’s comments reflected Iran’s long-standing antipathy toward US foreign policy, they were also a warning shot at Seoul. On January 16, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol had called Iran the “enemy” of the United Arab Emirates and the Iranian Foreign Ministry blasted his “interfering statements.”

https://www.38north.org/2023/11/north-korea-iran-relations-post-jcpoa/

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HopeSpringsEternalFeb. 13 06:25 pm JST

Let's hope the world can start de-escalating ASAP, building more peace and prosperity instead of weapons!

He says while praising the worlds worse proliferators and militarized states.

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HopeSpringsEternalFeb. 12 05:14 pm JST

Always good idea to talk! NK has massively improved its military capabilities as result of US NATO Ukraine Proxy War. Russia's proliferated basically everything and now NK has lucrative arrangements as a weapons supplier.

Still Putin's War. Still scum regimes in China, Russia, NK, Iran.

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Inb4 the US should hold direct talks with NK. No such thing is necessary while they hold nukes.

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Makes sense NK & Iran becoming closer, as both critical partners of China & Russia. NK has no history of proliferation to terrorist groups, but accidental or indirect proliferation risks rising due to growing Iranian friendship.

Let's hope the world can start de-escalating ASAP, building more peace and prosperity instead of weapons!

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Dirty geopolitical tourism..

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This, apparently, is a full time job. Sadly I couldn't find her salary but we all know it's over $100K.

The U.S. special envoy on North Korean human rights issues

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Always good idea to talk! NK has massively improved its military capabilities as result of US NATO Ukraine Proxy War. Russia's proliferated basically everything and now NK has lucrative arrangements as a weapons supplier.

NK (or Iran) weapons being proliferated to Russia, really no different than Ukraine's many partners proliferation.

Proxy wars and new proxy war partners like NK, natural development to conflict escalation, why chaos in Mid-East looks open-ended etc. Nothing good comes from cycle of military escalation and proliferation, especially regarding increasing risks to Japan's national security.

Fortunately, NK has at least no history of proliferating to terrorists, unlike Iran.

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