North Korea Decries Breakdown Of Talks US Says Were ‘Good’

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FILE- In this June 30, 2019, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the North Korean side of the border at the village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone. North Korea's chief negotiator says discussions with the U.S. on Pyongyang's nuclear program have broken down, but Washington says the two sides had "good discussions" that it intends to build on in two weeks. The North Korean negotiator, Kim Miyong Gil, said Saturday, Oct. 5, talks in Stockholm broke down "entirely because the U.S. has not discarded its old stance and attitude." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

HELSINKI (AP) — North Korea’s chief negotiator said Saturday that discussions with the U.S. on Pyongyang’s nuclear program have broken down, but Washington said the two sides had “good discussions” that it intends to build on in two weeks.

The North Korean negotiator, Kim Miyong Gil, said the talks in Stockholm had “not fulfilled our expectations and broke down. I am very displeased about it.” Speaking outside the North Korean Embassy, he read a statement in Korean that a translator next to him read in English.

Kim said negotiations broke down “entirely because the U.S. has not discarded its old stance and attitude.”

Saturday’s talks were the first between the U.S. and North Korea since the February breakdown of the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.

North Korea has since resumed missile tests, including an underwater-launched missile that fell inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone Wednesday.

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Kim’s comments did “not reflect the content or the spirit” of the “good discussions” that took place over eight-and-a-half hours, adding that the U.S. accepted an invitation from Sweden to return to Stockholm in two weeks to continue discussions.

In a statement, Ortagus said the U.S. delegation “previewed a number of new initiatives that would allow us to make progress in each of the four pillars” of a joint statement issued after Trump and Kim’s first summit in Singapore.

“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,” Ortagus said

Talks were held at the Villa Elfvik Strand conference facility in Lidingo, an island in the Stockholm archipelago located northeast of the capital, Swedish news agency TT said. It added that Kim Miyong Gil arrived on Thursday while U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun came on Friday.

Because the U.S. does not have official diplomatic relations with North Korea, Sweden has often acted as a bridge between Washington and Pyongyang.

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      • So far Trump’s get a failing grade in his negotiations on world peace.
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  1. Trump hasn’t succeeded with North Korea but neither did any of his predecessors. Trump’s failure is just magnified because he can’t stop bragging and running his mouth about his relationship with Kim.

    There may not be a solution to North Korea other than an armed conflict nobody wants.

  2. Trump has not moved the dial one inch on Iran or North Korea.

    The facts are still out on China but Trump is making a difference there. The only question is the cost. Trump won Wisconsin and he’s polling behind Biden by 8 points in Wisconsin because of the trade war (according to Fox).

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