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... Otto F. Warmbier, an American citizen imprisoned in North Korea since January. They stated they were treated well, with respect, and that modest progress was made as a result of discussions held on the stated issues. Mickey Bergman, who led the delegation, said the North Koreans were particularly interested in aide for flood affected areas. (Gladstone, "In Rare Encounter, a Private U.S. Delegation Visits North Korea.") I think the fact that a U.S. delegation met with North Korean officials for the first time in almost two years is a good sign, and it’s a definite positive that they got to discuss some concerns, even though it seems not much progress has been made. The fact that North Korea expressed interest in aide for areas affected by the flooding could help us negotiate some agreements, where we can possibly have the U.S. citizens they have imprisoned released.
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