North Korea, US say nu­clear talks to re­sume this week­end

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and the United States have agreed to re­sume nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions Satur­day fol­low­ing a month­s­long stale­mate, a se­nior North Korean diplo­mat said Tues­day.

Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s first vice min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs, said the two na­tions will have pre­lim­i­nary con­tact on Fri­day be­fore talks on Satur­day.

In a state­ment re­leased by North Korea’s of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency, Choe ex­pressed op­ti­mism over the out­come of the meet­ing but did not say where it would take place.

“It is my ex­pec­ta­tion that the work­ing-level ne­go­ti­a­tions would ac­cel­er­ate the pos­i­tive devel­op­ment of the DPRK-U.S. re­la­tions,” Choe said in the state­ment, us­ing an ab­bre­vi­a­tion for North Korea’s for­mal name, the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea.

“I can con­firm that U.S. and DPRK of­fi­cials plan to meet within the next week. I do not have fur­ther de­tails to share on the meet­ing,” said State Depart­ment spokes­woman Mor­gan Orta­gus, who is trav­el­ing with Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo in Rome.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions have been at a stand­still fol­low­ing a Fe­bru­ary sum­mit be­tween North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in Hanoi, Viet­nam. Those talks broke down after the U.S. re­jected North Korean de­mands for sanc­tions re­lief in ex­change for par­tially sur­ren­der­ing its nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

North Korea on Wed­nes­day fired at least one pro­jec­tile to­ward its east­ern sea, South Korea’s mil­i­tary said, in an ap­par­ent dis­play of its ex­pand­ing mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties ahead of the planned ne­go­ti­a­tions this week­end.

The case against the 69-year-old Collins stemmed from his busi­ness deal­ings with In­nate Im­munother­a­peu­tics Ltd., a biotech­nol­ogy com­pany head­quar­tered in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. He was the com­pany’s largest share­holder.

With Collin’s de­par­ture, it will be up to Demo­cratic Gov. An­drew Cuomo to set a spe­cial elec­tion to re­place him. and a cache of fire­bombs was found there. But it wasn’t clear whether they were used in the ram­page.

Po­lice wouldn’t pro­vide fur­ther de­tails on the woman who was killed, but Fin­nish news­pa­per Keskisuo­ma­lainen said she was a stu­dent at the school and “the pri­mary tar­get.”

One po­lice of­fi­cer was slightly in­jured, and the rest of the wounded were stu­dents and staff. It wasn’t clear if the at­tacker used his firearm.

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A res­cue team in a boat works at the site of a col­lapsed bridge in north­east­ern Tai­wan. The 460-foot­long bridge col­lapsed Tues­day in Nan­fan­gao, a tiny but of­ten-crowded Pa­cific fish­ing vil­lage, hos­pi­tal­iz­ing 10 peo­ple after it smashed down onto fish­ing ves­sels.

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