U.S. Summit on North-South Korea Relations Opens

ATHENS, Georgia-- Academics, legislators and former government officials are trying to do what diplomats have so far failed to do: lay the foundation for lasting peace between North and South Korea, reunification of the two countries and, perhaps most importantly, nuclear disarmament.

The University of Georgia is hosting a four-day summit that opened Monday with a few dozen representatives from the two Koreas and the U.S. in attendance. The so-called Track II talks aim to formulate policy recommendations for solving the standoff.

The talks are unofficial, and representatives from the U.S. State Department and the respective foreign ministers were not participating in the closed-door sessions. A senior North Korean ruling party official was in attendance, however.

Han S. Park, a University of Georgia professor who organized the meeting, promises results, not scholarly lip-service.