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The U.S. director of intelligence visited the border between Korea

The U.S. director of intelligence visited the border between Korea

Through National Intelligence Director Avril Hines Graeme Jennings / Pool REUTERS

U.S. National Intelligence Director Avril Hines today visited the militarized zone (TMJet) that separates the two Koreas. Without much detail about his arrival or about whether he met anyone during the visit.

It was only revealed Hines planned a short guided tour of the Joint Security Zone (JSA), the only area within the DMZ that could see the military faces of both Koreas.

Local company Yonhope, for its part, photographed at least half a dozen vehicles entering the TMJet.

North Korean soldiers stand guard in the Joint Security Zone (JSA) of the Military Zone (TMZ) in Panmunjom, Baju, South Korea.  EFE / Zion Hyun-kyun / Archive
North Korean soldiers stand guard in the Joint Security Zone (JSA) of the Military Zone (TMZ) in Panmunjom, Baju, South Korea. EFE / Zion Hyun-kyun / Archive

Hines landed in Seoul on Wednesday after meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts Park Gee-win and Hiroki Takisawa in Tokyo, with whom he is believed to have discussed the North Korean issue.

His visit to Seoul, which includes a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a meeting with National Security Adviser Xu-hoon, comes shortly before Washington announces a new strategy for dealing with Pyongyang, and a week before the moon meets. US President Joe Biden in Washington.

Despite the fact that the White House has provided little details about this new approach, it seeks to open a diplomatic process gradually and without explicit preconditions. Despite criticizing Biden’s allegations of human rights abuses, the North Korean regime has not publicly responded to the announcement.

EFE / EPA / JORGE SILVA / Archive
EFE / EPA / JORGE SILVA / Archive

Some experts, Underscores the size of the convoy that was brought to DMZ, Therefore, they did not rule out the possibility that Haynes may have had some contact with North Korean officials during his border voyage.

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On the other hand, the fact that talks between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since 2019, and that the regime is particularly prepared for the possibility of the spread of COVID-19 across the impoverished country, complicates the possibility of holding face-to-face meetings.

(With information from EFE)

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