North Korea wants to resume US nuclear talks, diplomat says

North Korea is willing to restart talks with the United States at the end of September over its nuclear program, but warned that the chances of a deal could end unless Washington takes a new approach.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to a June 30 meeting with Donald Trump to reopen labor-level negotiations since the February Hanoi summit failed, but this has not happened despite repeated calls. from Washington.

In a statement issued by North Korea's official KCNA news agency, Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said Pyongyang was willing to have "comprehensive discussions" with the United States at the end of September, on time and agreed between the two sides.

Asked to comment, a US State Department spokeswoman said: "We have no meetings to be announced at the moment."

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped to return to the denuclearization talks with North Korea in the coming days or weeks.

But Choe pointed out that Washington needed to come up with a new approach or negotiations could collapse again.

"I want to believe that the US side would present an alternative based on a method of calculation that suits both sides' interests and is acceptable to us," said Choe.

"If the US side plays with an old scenario that has nothing to do with the new method in labor-level negotiations that would be held after difficulties, an agreement between the two sides could come to an end."

In April, Kim set a year-end deadline for the United States to show more flexibility in the talks, which were interrupted in February due to US demands that North Korea give up all its nuclear weapons and Pyongyang's demands for relief from punishing the US led by the US. international sanctions.

The end-September period would coincide with the United Nations annual general assembly in New York, in which Pompeo is expected to attend. North Korea's UN mission said last week that Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho would not attend "due to his agenda."

North Korea has demanded that Pompeo be replaced by a "more mature" person on the US negotiating team, while praising the relationship between Kim and Trump in three meetings since June 2018.

US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun led the work-level negotiations with North Korea on the eve of the failure of the Hanoi meeting.

Source: Guardian

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