North Korea, US say nuclear talks to resume this weekend
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.
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