A senior U.S. official will meet with a North Korean counterpart next week to finalize arrangements of the first U.S. government food aid shipment to the country in three years.
The long-term adversaries announced the aid deal this week. In exchange, North Korea has agreed to freeze nuclear activities and allow in U.N. nuclear inspectors.
The State Department says U.S. envoy for North Korean human rights issues, Robert King, will the hold technical discussions with North Korea in Beijing on Wednesday.
But in a reminder of tensions that remain, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland criticized as “unfortunate” a threat Friday by the North Korean military to wage a “sacred war” against South Korea in response to U.S.-South Korea military exercises.