The US has denied reports that nuclear talks with North Korea ended in failure insisting that the two countries had “good discussions”.
Officials of the two countries convened on Saturday in Sweden intending to continue their talks. President Trump and President Kim failed to agree on denuclearization in their earlier meetings held in Singapore in 2018 and another this year in Vietnam.
The meeting came less than a week after North Korea tested is first sub-marine missile off its coast after a series of similar tests this year.
US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil led this weekend’s discussions on Lidingo island in north-east of Stockholm where North Korea’s embassy sits.
While addressing the media outside the embassy after the talks, Gil told the reporters that “the negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off.” He added that “The US raised expectations by offering suggestions like a flexible approach, new method and creative solutions, but they have disappointed us greatly.”
A statement by the US state department contradicted the North Korean envoy’s statement. Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said “The US brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts.”