Former South Korea ambassador heads panel on North Korea-U.S. relations

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's news agency reported Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 that Kim Jong Il had died on Saturday, Dec. 17 after having a heart attack on a train. On Monday the news agency dubbed Kim Jong Un a "great successor" as the country rallied around him. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File) ORG XMIT: TOK134
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2010 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea's news agency reported Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 that Kim Jong Il had died on Saturday, Dec. 17 after having a heart attack on a train. On Monday the news agency dubbed Kim Jong Un a "great successor" as the country rallied around him. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File) ORG XMIT: TOK134
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TAMPA — Are the United States and North Korea headed for war?

That’s the topic of a conversation featuring Christopher Robert Hill, former ambassador to South Korea, that’s set for 6 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 6) at the University of South Florida.

The talk comes at a time of heightened tension between the two nations after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime launched a test missile last week that some observers say could reach the U.S. eastern seaboard.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council that if such acts of aggression lead to war, "make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed.’’

USF politics professor Mohsen Milani, executive director of the Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies, will lead the discussion. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Patel Center for Global Solutions.

Hill, who also previously served as ambassador to Iraq, Poland and Macedonia, led the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. Currently, he is the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and appears as a contributor on MSNBC.

The event is free and open to the public, however those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP in advance. Go to usf.edu/world/centers/csds/index.aspx to RSVP.

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