North Korea Ceases Working-Level Nuclear Talks With US – Reports


The North Korean delegation, led by Foreign Minister Kim Myong Gil, and the US delegation, headed by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, had begun official working talks in Stockholm for the first time since the February summit in Hanoi, Yonhap News Agency reported earlier in the day.

North Korea has ceased working level nuclear talks with the United States, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the DPRK’s chief negotiator Kim Myong Gil.

“We are disappointed that the United States did not put anything on the negotiation table. Now the United States has the responsibility to continue the negotiations”, Kim Myong Gil stated as quoted by Dagens Nyheter.

He continued by saying that it depends on the US whether Pyongyang will continue to test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

“We clearly expressed our position. The suspension of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, the demolition of a nuclear test site in the north of the country, the return of the remains of US soldiers — we were the first to take steps to denuclearise and build confidence, if the United States sincerely responds to this, then we can move on to the next stage, of a serious discussion of denuclearisation measures”, Kim said.

A day earlier, Time Magazine reported, citing sources in the White House, that US President Donald Trump was ready to offer North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a suspension of UN sanctions on textile…

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