North Korea has said it was willing to talk denuclearization (but no one noticed).
On July 6 the U.S. Department of Treasury announced it had designated Kim Jong-un by name on a new list of individuals sanctioned for human rights violations.
In the dance of jubilation, few had the time or inclination to pay attention to a DPRK government spokesman’s statement released earlier the same day. That statement made clear what the North Koreans have been hinting at for some time—yes, they were willing to talk about denuclearization.
It is important to pay attention to the vehicle Pyongyang used to convey the latest position—a DPRK Government spokesman’s statement, among the highest on the North’s ladder of authority. Statements at this level are generally used to signal important new policies.
[Read full article, published on a blog of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS]