Monday, August 13, 2007

Ala Nixon in China?

Perhaps Alan Gilbert can be an ambassador:
Report: NKorea seeks philharmonic visit
August 13, 2007, 11:01 AM
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 13 (UPI) — It may be left to the New York Philharmonic to open the diplomatic doors for normalization of U.S.-North Korea relations, a report said.
A Yonhap new agency report Monday said a Pyongyang date might be in the cards if the philharmonic visits South Korea, which is currently under discussion.
The news agency, quoting sources in Washington, said North Korea had shown interest in such a visit in July when representatives of the six nations discussing North Korean nuclear disarmament met in Beijing.
At the time, U.S. envoy Christopher Hill told his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye-gwan, their countries start civilian exchanges as part of confidence-building measures, Yonhap reported, quoting the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Kim reportedly said his country would be interested in inviting the New York Philharmonic.
A philharmonic spokesman told Yonhap he was not aware of any North Korean trip but that a South Korean trip was under discussion.
Under a six-party agreement, North Korea has shut down its key reactor. The next step in the denuclearization process will involve the North disabling the facility it has closed and declaring all its nuclear weapons and programs.
Copyright © 2007 United Press International

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