“In the context of full denuclearization, we would be prepared to establish full diplomatic relations,” Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill told a Senate Committee. VOA report here.
I know this is a different part of the world, and I know what they say about “a foolish consistency,” etc.
Still, it’s an interesting story. There’s no mention of freedom, democracy, or human rights. Implicitly, the Administration is saying that diplomatic relations would be a means of working on those issues in the future.
Also, Hill told the Senate that the Administration is taking steps toward removing North Korea from the list of terrorism sponsors.