On Tuesday, North Korea has said that it will hold a working-level nuclear discussion with the United States on October 4, which signals the resume of much-anticipated negotiations after the collapse of a summit in February.
Both sides agreed to have “preliminary contact” on Sunday and hold working-level negotiation the next day, said North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui in a statement carried by the official source.
Without detailing the venue, Ms. Choe said, “It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-US relations.”
She continued that their officials were “ready” to enter the discussions.
Negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang have been gridlocked since a second summit between the United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February, which ended without a deal.
Both agreed to resume working-level talks during an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone dividing North Korea and South Korea in June, but North Korea is angered at refusal of the United States to cancel joint military deals with South Korea, has placed the process on hold.
Relations soften last month after President Trump fired his National Security Advisor John Bolton, whom Pyongyang had often denounced as an aggressor.
The Chief Negotiator of North Korea has positively replied to President Trump’s suggestion that both sides tried a “new method” of approaching their discussions.
President Trump had condemned Mr. Bolton’s advice of the “Libyan Model” for North Korea, citing a denuclearisation deal with the African nation’s former Dictator Moamer Kadhafi – who was killed after being dethroned in 2011.
Pyongyang had overflown at that comment, in which President Trump has said that “set us back very badly”.
Despite the gridlock, Pyongyang has continued to appreciate President Trump, called him “bold” and “wise”.
South Korean Presidential Blue House has welcomed the resumption of talks between North Korea and the United States.
Spokesperson Ko Min-jung was quoted saying, “We hope to see the realization of practical steps towards permanent peace regime and complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula through the upcoming talks.”