“They might have thought they were a small country that could get away with it “¦ but when you get involved with nuclear weapons, you get looked at,” said Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who was on his way home from an academic conference in Tokyo, where he briefly saw his North Korean counterpart. “They should not be surprised”¦. This is life in the fast lane.”
Link here. While I don’t actually agree that Amb. Hill is the good cop here — I think that ship actually sailed with Amb. Joe DiTrani on board — Hill worked for State, which was the only part of the U.S. government that was determined in its belief that diplomacy with the North might actually go somewhere.