North Korea Blames US for Failure to Restart Talks


US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un pose before a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Feb 27. "S. relations." Choe said, referring to her country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Pyeongyang's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui issued a statement just about an hour ago. saying North and the USA will hold working-level negotiations this Saturday. following a preliminary contact on Friday.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency released a statement by First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui on Tuesday.

"The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations", Choe said in the statement, according to Reuters.

North Korea had appeared to put its weapons program on hold to allow for negotiations, but the hiatus was broken on May 4 when it tested a new weapons system. With Bolton fired and Trump saying he's open to a "new method" to talks, it seems North Korea now believes Trump may do just that. But the two sides still don't have a shared definition of that term, and the second meeting in Vietnam ended when North Korea offered only to dismantle its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon, but not its existing nuclear weapons stockpile or its secret other sites, in exchange for economic sanctions being lifted.

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North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song said Monday in NY that it is up to Washington to make a decision to bring a new approach to denuclearization negotiations and make it become a "window of opportunity" rather than an impetus for "crisis". It instead lashed out at the US and South Korea and continued to test short-range ballistic missiles.

Kim and Trump have held three meetings so far.

Analysts say Bolton's dismissal from the White House could have helped Pyongyang's decision to come to the table.

On Monday, former national security adviser John Bolton warned in a speech in Washington D.C. that Kim Jong Un "will never give up the nuclear weapons voluntarily". "This is a government that has essentially violated every global agreement it has ever made". Trump and Kim met for the third time at the inter-Korean border on June 30 and agreed that working-level talks between the countries should resume.

After their Singapore summit in June 2018, Trump and Kim issued a vague statement calling for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing how or when it would occur.