United States, Japan, South Korea officials held meeting to discuss North Korean denuclearization, only days after exchanges between the US and North Korea separated in Sweden. US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held talks with his South Korean and Japanese partners, the US State Department said in an announcement.
After nuclear talks with the US in Sweden separated on Saturday, North Korea said it had no intention to proceed with except if the US found a way to end threats. The North left the discussions saying it was disillusioned at the absence of new and creative solutions offered by Washington, however the US said the meeting included good discussions and that it was eager to meet again in the not so distant future.
The meeting in Sweden came following quite a while of impasse following a February meeting between the North’s chief Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, and after Pyongyang’s disobedient trial of an ocean propelled ballistic rocket a week ago.
Trump and Kim embraced an ambiguously worded report on the total denuclearization of the Korean landmass at their first summit in June a year ago, yet little progress has since been made.