By Helene Fung
North Korean and US officials on Saturday met for new nuclear talks in Stockholm after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile this week; but talks have broken down.
The North Korean negotiator, Kim Miyong-Gil, said through an interpreter that the talks in Stockholm had “not fulfilled our expectations and broke down”, and that negotiations broke down “entirely because the US has not discarded its old stance and attitude”.
Saturday’s talks were the first time that the two countries held working-level negotiations since the February breakdown of the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Vietnam.
US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus denied North Korea’s comments, saying they do “not reflect the content or the spirit” of the “good discussions” that took place over eight-and-a-half hours.
He also said that the US accepted an invitation from Sweden to return to Stockholm in two weeks to continue discussions.