US – North Korea resume talks

Talks between the US and North Korea will resume this weekend after months of silence following failed negotiations.

Morgan Ortagus, a spokeswoman for the State Department, confirmed the talks on Tuesday, but did “not have further details to share on the meeting,” CNN reported.

Choe Son-hui, first vice foreign minister of North Korea, also confirmed that the two countries would meet on Friday for preliminary talks, followed by official negotiations on Saturday.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, will lead the talks for the U.S.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un first met in Singapore in 2018 and issued a vague statement that Kim “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

However, a second meeting in February ended prematurely when the two countries could not come to an agreement over a timeline. Trump wanted North Korea to eliminate its nuclear weapons quickly, while Kim favored a phased elimination and demanded that the U.S. lift all sanctions.

North Korea has continued to test short-range ballistic missiles and has not committed to cease tests of submarine launched missiles.