13 March 2018 Interviews Transcript Dialogue between the DPRK — otherwise known as North Korea — and the United States seemed impossible just a few months ago. Yet today, there appears to be a potential for “rapid progress on the political and security front”, with the Trump Administration suggesting that a summit could be held before the end of May. That’s according to Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN’s independent human rights expert covering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, he stressed that any negotiations with North Korea on denuclearization should go hand in hand with extending basic human rights. Mr. Ojea Quintana spoke to Bronwen Cowley.