Report: US and North Korea resume nuclear talks

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Report: US and North Korea resume nuclear talks
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Report: US and North Korea resume nuclear talks
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According to a report from North Korea’s state news agency, the country has renewed peace talks with the United States. It’s been nearly eight months since the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly ended without a deal. Sources say the US was unwilling to remove economic sanctions on the country in exchange for anything less than full disarmament.

In the time since the summit in Vietnam, North Korea has conducted several short-range missile tests. Several foreign policy experts have suggested the testing is an effort to pressure the United States into returning to the negotiation table. However, President Trump has repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the North Korean provocations.

According to a statement released by North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, representatives of the two countries will meet together this weekend. A preliminary meeting is reportedly set for Friday, with formal negotiations taking place on Saturday.

“The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations,” Choe said. “It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-U.S. relations.”

Not everyone is convinced that North Korea’s statements are sincere. Former Trump administration national security adviser John Bolton recently expressed his doubts about the peace process. While speaking at an event in Washington DC, Bolton said Kim Jong Un will never give up his nuclear weapons voluntarily.

“It seems to me clear that [North Korea] has not made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons,” Bolton said while speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “In fact, I think the contrary is true. In fact, the strategic decision that Kim Jong Un is operating through is that he will do whatever he can to keep a deliverable nuclear weapons capability and to develop and enhance it further.”

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