- According to the North Korean chief negotiator, Kim Myong-Gil, "the negotiations have not fulfilled our expectations and finally broke off."
- “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,” State said.
- "I'm hopeful that we will (make progress). We came with a set of ideas," Pompeo said.
Nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea have hit a snag, without the realization of results. The talks had been organized at a private venue on the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden.
According to the North Korean chief negotiator, Kim Myong-Gil, “the negotiations have not fulfilled our expectations and finally broke off.” Kim made these remarks to news reporters gathered outside the North Korean embassy Saturday night, through an interpreter. “The U.S. raised expectations by offering suggestions like a flexible approach, new method, and creative solutions, but they have disappointed us greatly and dampened our enthusiasm for negotiation by bringing nothing to the negotiation table,” the chief negotiator added.
The meeting between U.S. and North Korean delegates took place at the Villa Elfvik Strand conference center in rural Lindingö, near Stockholm. The U.S. State Department, which had sent a delegation with chief negotiator Stephen Biegun to Stockholm, has not yet commented directly on the collapse but a spokeswoman told Reuters that the North Korean exposition does not reflect either the content of the meeting or the spirit in which the eight-hour negotiations took place.
She added that Washington was okay with Sweden’s invitation for further discussions with Pyongyang in two weeks time. “The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts,” spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement. Ortagus further said that 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.
Previously, during a visit to Greece, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped for progress at the meeting in Sweden. “I’m hopeful that we will (make progress). We came with a set of ideas; we hope the North Koreans came with a good spirit and a willingness to try to move forward and implement what President Trump and Chairman Kim agreed to back in Singapore,” Pompeo told news reporters in Athens.
North Korean provocation
The leaders of the two countries met back in June, agreeing to restart the nuclear talks, which stalled after a Vietnam summit in February. On Tuesday, it was then announced that the parties would make another attempt to reach an agreement with the working meeting in Stockholm. One day later, North Korea announced that it had successfully conducted a ballistic missile test.
It was reportedly a new SLBM Pukguksong-3 missile fired from a submarine in the waters off Wonsan in southeastern North Korea. According to Reuters, this was the most offensive missile test from North Korea since the country resumed its dialogue with the United States in 2018.