"Since the early 1990s we've used the NY channel as a way of communicating with Pyongyang because we don't have diplomatic relations with North Koreans", said Joel Wit, a former State Department employee and the founder of 38 North, a website for expert analysis on North Korea. "The thing that's important now is not that those back channels exist, but that we're using them", Perry said. "It's a good sign" that communication still takes place, he said.
Despite the bombastic rhetoric exchanged between North Korean and American leaders this week, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back-channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
It was known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student.
Trump this week vowed to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continues to make threats, and the rogue regime responded by promising to produce a plan to launch missiles at the USA territory of Guam. "After the radiation subsides, the earth will need patching up and members of the Trump family and its vast real estate organization will emerge from their protected lead-lined bunkers to make sure it happens", said Fallout Facilitator Dr. Harold T. Throckminion.
Trump didn't acknowledge or discuss the secret communications when asked by reporters yesterday.style="text-align: center;"
Beyond bluster, US, N. Korea in regular contact
"We want to talk about a country that has misbehaved for many, many years - decades actually - through numerous administrations and they didn't want to take on the issue and I had no choice but to take it on and I'm taking it on", he said.
In a process dubbed the "New York channel", Joseph Yun, the United States envoy for North Korea policy and the only American to meet with North Koreans, passes messages back and forth between the two nuclear-armed nations.
US dialogue with North Korea over the past 25 years has been testy at best, but there have been glimmers of hope, however brief.
According to a Rasmussen poll, 96 percent of hardcore Trump supporters are in favor of nuclear war, although some worry about the prospect of a race of apes evolving from humans.style="text-align: center;"