On Monday, North Korean generals met the U.S.-led military command of the United Nations in South Korea for the first time in about seven years. This was after Pyongyang warned that "arrogant" acts by U.S. troops could spark a war. News reports indicate that North Korea protested the joint U.S.-South Korean military drills scheduled to start next week and the activities of American troops stationed in South Korea.
The United Nations said North Korea had requested the meeting, but it gave no details on the results of the talks, which were held at Panmunjom, a village inside the demilitarized zone.
The Obama administration will be sending Stephen Bosworth, its special envoy for North Korea, to the region this week. In Seoul, Bosworth is expected to meet Wi Sung Lac, South Korea's new chief for six-country talks.