Living History

Ambassador Christopher Hill

NEGOTIATING THE SIX PARTY TALKS AND DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

In this Living History, Ambassador Christopher Hill reflects on his personal experience as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and head of the U.S. delegation to the Six Party Talks from 2005 to 2009. Click for more.

Sonja Biserko, Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in DPRK

THE PROCESS OF DOCUMENTING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN NORTH KOREA

In this oral history, Ms. Sonja Biserko, one of three commissioners of the COI and a founder and president of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia, discusses her experience in gathering evidence and writing the COI Report; the legacy of the commission activities; and her perspective on the future of human rights in North Korea. Click for more.

Former ROK Foreign Minister Han Sung-Joo

U.S.-ROK ALLIED COORDINATION IN NEGOTIATING 1994 AGREED FRAMEWORK

The objective of the agreement was to freeze and eventually dismantle North Korea’s nascent nuclear weapons program. Although not a signatory to the bilateral agreement, the Republic of Korea’s (ROK) participation was integral to the Agreement’s negotiation and implementation. In this oral history, Professor Han Sung-Joo, the ROK foreign minister from 1993-1994, discusses the consultations between the U.S. and ROK during the entire process of negotiating the Geneva Agreed Framework; the crisis in 1994 that led the United States to consider military actions; and his personal reflections on this critical period in Korean history and in U.S.-Korea relations. Click for more.

Ambassador Robert Galluci

NEGOTIATING THE 1994 AGREED FRAMEWORK

The 1994 Agreed Framework was the result of negotiations between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the course of nearly two years. Signed on October 21, 1994, the goal of the agreement was to freeze North Korea’s suspected nuclear weapons program. Click for more.

Justice Michael Kirby

DEVELOPING THE UN COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA REPORT

The United Nations Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on March 21, 2013. The mission of the Commission was to investigate the “systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights” in the DPRK, otherwise known as North Korea. After countless hours of careful examination of the substantial evidence provided by hundreds of witnesses at public hearings, the commissioners launched the report in Geneva on February 17, 2014. Click for more.

 

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