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Korean peninsula: USA's Carter admin pushed for secret talks in '70s

ANI  |  Seoul [South Korea] 

Almost two decades after the end of the Korean War, USA's administration had pushed for secret talks in in 1979, documents highlighted.

The USA had sought to hold a meeting with and to reduce military tensions in Asia, but received a lukewarm response from North Korea, leading to the meeting's cancellation.

Then US had shown his appreciation for Indonesia, who played the role of an intermediary, in the document that was released by a US academic, James F. Person. The document has been addressed to Indonesia's then-Suharto, whose role was acknowledged by Carter.

"Your statesmanlike gesture has made it possible to begin a process which can only serve to reduce tensions in and contribute to peace in the world," Carter had said according to News Agency.

Meanwhile, other documents with an earlier date highlight that efforts were made by the USA in 1977 as well towards a trilateral talk. Plans were in order to invite China, as a full-time member or an observer, for a quadrilateral summit as well.

"The has read your paper concerning possible trilateral discussions between North Korea, South Korea, and the United States, and has indicated that you should proceed to implement the suggested steps," the (NSA) in stated in a note addressed to on August 5, 1977.

"Alternatively, if the Chinese choose not to participate at all, we would be prepared to join trilateral discussions with the North and South Koreans to consider matters of mutual concern, including the future of the and other measures to reduce tensions on the peninsula," the NSA's message further read.

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First Published: Sun, November 25 2018. 09:43 IST
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