Thursday 19 September 2019

North Korea says it is willing to resume nuclear talks with US

Pyongyang added that Washington would have to bring new proposals to the table.

President Donald Trump and leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, at Capella, Singapore (Kevin Lim/Straits Times/AP)
President Donald Trump and leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, at Capella, Singapore (Kevin Lim/Straits Times/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

North Korea has said it is willing to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States in late September, but only if the US comes to the negotiating table with satisfactory new proposals.

If the proposals do not satisfy North Korea, dealings between the two countries will come to an end, first vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui said.

In a statement carried by state media, Ms Choe said North Korea has given the US enough time to map out new proposals to salvage the nuclear negotiations.

In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the US must come up with new proposals to revive the talks by December.

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A man walks past a large mural of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, and his son Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, North Korea (Dita Alangkara/AP)

Talks between on North Korea’s nuclear disarmament fell apart in February when President Donald Trump rejected Mr Kim’s demand for sweeping sanctions relief in return for partial disarmament at their second summit in Vietnam.

The two leaders met again at the Korean border in late June and agreed to restart diplomacy, but there have no public meetings between the sides since then.

In recent months, North Korea has carried out missile and rocket tests to protest against military joint drills between the US and South Korea that North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal.

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President Donald Trump (Alex Brandon/AP)

Some experts said the North Korean weapons tests were also a demonstration of its expanding weapons arsenal aimed at boosting its leverage ahead of new talks with the United States.

Most of the North Korean weapons tested in July and August have been short range.

This suggests that North Korea has not wanted to lift its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests, which would certainly derail negotiations with Washington.

Mr Trump has downplayed the latest North Korean weapons tests, saying the US never restricted short-range tests.

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