By VOA News |
North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator says working-level nuclear talks Saturday with the U.S. in Stockholm ended shortly after they began.
“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” Kim Myong Gil said outside Pyongyang’s embassy in Stockholm.
However, hours later, U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement, “The early comments from the DPRK delegation do not reflect the content or the spirit of today’s 8-and-a-half-hour discussion. The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts.”
The statement said discussions focused on the four pillars discussed in the joint statement agreed to in Singapore by the U.S. and North Korea, which included efforts for peace, denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and the recovery of missing U.S. service members’ remains.
“At the conclusion of our discussions, the United States proposed to accept the invitation of our Swedish hosts to return to Stockholm to meet again in two weeks time,in order to continue discussions on all of the topics. The United States delegation has accepted this invitation,” Ortagus said.