President Donald Trump, shown here with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, walks into North Korean territory on Sunday, June 30, 2019. VIA KCNA
President Donald Trump, shown here with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, walks into North Korean territory on Sunday, June 30, 2019. VIA KCNA

North Korea says it will resume nuclear talks with the US this weekend

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations this weekend, Pyongyang said Tuesday, a move that would break a seven-month long diplomatic deadlock.

The two sides have been teasing plans to restart working-level talks since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met on the Korean border on June 30.

But efforts remained stalled after the leaders failed to reach agreement in their February summit in Vietnam, which exposed sharp disagreements over the pace of sanctions relief in exchange for steps toward denuclearization.

North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs, Choe Son Hui, said the two countries agreed to have preliminary contact on Friday and to hold working-level talks on Saturday.

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