North Korea won't give up nuclear weapons: ex-Trump adviser Bolton


But the statement does not mention where the talks will be held.

Pyeongyang's Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui issued a statement just about an hour ago. saying North and the USA will hold working-level negotiations this Saturday. following a preliminary contact on Friday.

In a statement released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, Mr Choe expressed optimism over the outcome of the meeting but did not say where it would take place.

A senior North Korean diplomat on Tuesday said North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations on October 5 following a months-long stalemate over withdrawal of sanctions in exchange for disarmament.

"It depends on the United States whether the DPRK-U.S. negotiations will become a window of opportunity, or an occasion that will hasten the crisis", added Kim.

Working-level talks between the two sides had been expected to resume sometime in July, after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at the border village of Panmunjom on June 30.

North Korea had objected before to the United States continuing to raise sanctions even as North Korea made progress on denuclearization.

Instead, North Korea has continued to test-fire its weapons considered to be short-range ballistic missiles in recent months.

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Relations thawed last month after Trump fired his hawkish national security advisor John Bolton, who Pyongyang had repeatedly denounced as a warmonger.

In his first public remarks since being ousted from the administration, Bolton also criticized Trump's lax reaction to recent short-range missile tests that he said clearly violate USA -led United Nations Security Council sanctions resolutions.

Choe said the North is ready for the talks. and expects some positive developments.

A large part of the worldwide community is opposed to the unilateral imposition of sanctions, and in the case of the DPRK, such measures have only hindered the talks between Seoul and Washington to achieve denuclearization, lasting peace and development of the Korean peninsula through diplomatic channels.

Kim was responding to Trump's suggestion that "a new method" in the talks could be sought after Bolton's departure.

North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song blamed Washington for the deadlock in his speech Monday at the U.N. General Assembly.

The stalemate has revealed fundamental differences between the two sides.