Tuesday, 26 October 2021

North Korea, US say nuclear talks to resume this weekend

SEOUL: North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations this weekend following a months-long stalemate over the withdrawal of sanc­tions in exchange for disarmament, 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 holding working-level 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. The U.S. confirmed the talks.

“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.

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