/U.S., North Korea restart nuclear talks in Sweden

U.S., North Korea restart nuclear talks in Sweden

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde | Jonas Ekstromer/AFP via Getty Images

Foreign Minister Ann Linde confirms delegations in Sweden on Saturday.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde on Saturday confirmed negotiators from the U.S. and North Korea are meeting in the country to discuss nuclear disarmament.

“I am encouraged that US and DPRK working level delegations are currently in Sweden to hold talks. Dialogue needed to reach denuclearization and peaceful solution,” the minister tweeted.

The North Korean regime on Tuesday announced the resumption of talks, but did not confirm where they would take place. Sweden’s foreign ministry previously declined to confirm the talks, Reuters reported.

Officials from both sides arrived Saturday at a conference center on the outskirts of Stockholm, according to the outlet.

This is the first meeting between U.S. and North Korea officials after President Donald Trump walked 20 steps into North Korea in June, at Kim Jong Un’s invitation — a theatrical gesture designed to kickstart nuclear negotiations.

Talks between Washington and Pyongyang broke down in February when Trump cut short a summit with Kim, balking at a request that the U.S. significantly ease sanctions in exchange for the minimal steps Pyongyang had taken to denuclearize.

Since then, North Korea has resumed short-range missile tests, although it has continued the pause on nuclear testing implemented when the two countries began negotiations.

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