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N. Korea to hold working-level nuclear talks with US on Oct 5

SEOUL: North Korea has announced today that it was going to hold working-level nuclear talks with the United States on Saturday (October 5), signalling the resumption of much-anticipated negotiations after the collapse of a summit in February.

“The two sides agreed to have ‘preliminary contact’ on October 4 and hold working-level negotiations the following day,” the North’s vice foreign minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement.

“It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-US relations,” she added without disclosing the talks´ venue.

North Korean officials were ‘ready’ to enter the discussions, she said.

Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been gridlocked since a second summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump in February ended without a deal.

The two agreed to restart working-level dialogue during an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in June, but the North´s anger at a US refusal to cancel joint military deals with South Korea placed the process on hold.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.