China may yet support an ICC investigation in DPRK
Ignore the antics. Focus on the human rights abuses.
Episode 3 of the podcast is here. No stopping us now!
Chances are, the North Korean leadership is not suicidal–and therefore will not deliberately target population centers or military instillations in South Korea, Japan, or even the USA. But accidents, miscalculations and unpredictable events have caused major wars in the past.
North Korea has grabbed the media’s attention this week with a series of increasingly provocative statements and moves. I caught up with Ambassador Chris Hill, formerly the lead US negotiator on North Korea and currently Dean of the Korbell School at the University of Denver to find out what is behind these latest bluster.
Ambassador Christopher Hill stopped by the HuffPo Live studios this afternoon to talk about diplomacy towards North Korea and Syria. The good folks at HuffPo had me on as well to weigh in.
SG: Last night the SG spoke at a joint press conference with the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica where he repeated his call for an unconditional and extendable humanitarian ceasefire. Speaking about yesterday’s shelling of a UN shelter he said: “Nothing – nothing – justifies such horror” and demanded “that all parties immediately respect UN premises”.
SG: The SG met with President Ortega yesterday in Nicaragua where he visited a wind farm and praised the country’s commitment to renewable energy. The SG arrived in Costa Rica today where he is expected to lecture about “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century”.
Iraq: The SG met with Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki in Baghdad today as well as Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to review the ongoing security crisis. The SG congratulated Fouad Massoum on his election as Iraq’s new President and remarked that a new government “will strengthen the unity of the country, fight effectively against terrorism and ISIS, as well as uproot the seeds of sectarianism and division.”
SG: The SG met with Israeli President Peres in Jerusalem today to encourage dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. Speaking to the press with President Peres, he again underlined the need to stop violence and begin dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict.
SG: The SG briefed the SC today from Ramallah where he reiterated his message from today’s earlier press conference in Tel Aviv with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to: “Stop fighting. Start talking. And take on the root causes of the conflict.” The SG will continue travelling this week to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.