North Korea's nuclear talks had stalled since the second summit's fiasco in Hanoi between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
Pyongyang and Washington resume negotiations. North Korea announced on Tuesday that talks on nuclear power with the United States will be held on Saturday, boosting the diplomatic process eight months after the failure of the Hanoi summit. The two sides agreed to have "preliminary contacts" on October 4 and working discussions the next day, said North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, in a statement issued by the official agency. KCNA.
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"I expect that the negotiations at the operational level will accelerate the positive development of relations between the People's Democratic Republic of Korea and the United States," she added, without specifying the location of the talks. US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus later confirmed that talks would be held "over the coming week".
Negotiations in neutral
North Korea's nuclear talks have stalled since the fiasco of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in February in Hanoi. The two men met again in June at the border in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has separated the two states since the end of the Korean War (1950-53).
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The brief interview culminated in the decision to restart discussions on the Pyongyang nuclear program, just over a year after the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore. However, these negotiations have still not resumed, the North being particularly scalded by the US refusal to cancel joint military maneuvers with Seoul this summer.
Warming up since the departure of John Bolton
Bilateral relations, however, warmed with the dismissal in early September of Donald Trump's adviser to national security, John Bolton. This haunted "hawk" of Pyongyang had defended on the North Korean issue a "Libyan model", which would consist of North Korea to give up all its atomic bombs and missiles, in exchange for a lifting of sanctions.
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This comparison with Muammar Gaddafi's Libya, later killed in an uprising sustained by NATO bombing, provoked Pyongyang's fury. And Donald Trump himself felt that this comparison had "seriously pushed back" the negotiations with North Korea.
Experts said John Bolton's dismissal may have played into the North Korean decision to dialogue. North Korea praised Donald Trump on Friday, as opposed to other Washington politicians, who would be "obsessed" by the demand for unilateral North Korean denuclearization.