Yesterday i.e. 5th October 2019 North Korea’s top negotiator said nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington have broken off.
The talk took place at an isolated conference centre on the outskirts of Stockholm. The North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gill, blamed US on what he portrayed as US inflexibility, saying that the other side’s negotiators would not “give up their old viewpoint and attitude.”
“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off.”
Kim Myong Gill, North Korea’s Chief Nuclear negotiator
On the contrary, the US State Department said that Kim’s comments did not reflect “the content or spirit” of more than 8.5 hours of talks. Washington had accepted Sweden’s invitation to return for more discussion with Pyongyang in two weeks after failed summit in Vietnam in February.
“The US brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The United States and the DPRK will not overcome a legacy of 70 years of war and hostility on the Korean peninsula through the course of a single Saturday.”
Morgan Ortagus, Spokeswoman , U.S.
She also said that the US delegation had previewed a number of new initiatives that would create the way for progress in the talks and emphasised the importance of more intensive engagement.
She added “These are weighty issues, and they require a strong commitment by both countries. The United States has that commitment.”
An official at South Korea’s presidential office said that the talk in Sweden was nevertheless the beginning of negotiations, and hope that the United States and North Korea would keep the momentum of the dialogue.