Clinton Warns North Korea, Names Special Envoy

Special envoy for North Korea named
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2009 6:21 AM CST

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton warned an increasingly belligerent North Korea to cease its "provocative and unhelpful" threats toward the South today, the AP reports. In a Seoul press conference, the secretary of state named former US ambassador to South Korea Stephen Bosworth as special envoy for North Korea and said he would work with regional countries to get Pyongyang back to the bargaining table.

Clinton demanded that North Korea fulfill its promise to dismantle its nuclear weapons program and said the country’s relationship with the US would not improve until it did so. She declined to comment on intelligence suggesting the North is preparing a missile test, but surprised reporters when she openly speculated about a power struggle and possible regime change after the death of ailing leader Kim Jong-Il.