diplomatic needle threading


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Source: Pence To Travel To South Korea To See Start Of The Olympics

MARTIN: This is also potentially awkward for Mike Pence and the U.S. in this moment because the North and the South are holding these bilateral talks. The U.S. isn't part of this.

HU: There is some diplomatic needle threading necessary here because the U.S. and South Korea are aligned. And they need to be in close coordination since South Korea hosts so many U.S. bases and some 30,000 American servicemen.
Hi everyone! How should I understand the bold part? Thanks in advance.
  • WyomingSue

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    When you thread a needle for sewing you insert a thread in a very small space in the eye of a needle. So vice president Pence has to find a very small space in which to work diplomatically.
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