Working-level nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States have broken off, North Korea’s chief negotiator said.
“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” the North’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, told reporters through an interpreter outside the country’s embassy in Stockholm in Sweden.
On the other hand, the US denied that its day of nuclear talks with North Korea ended in failure, insisting that “good discussions” were had.
The North Korean delegation arrived in Stockholm on Thursday for the working-level denuclearisation talks.
North Korea said on Wednesday it had successfully test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The launch was the most provocative by North Korea since it resumed dialogue with the United States in 2018. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.
The meeting was the first formal working-level discussion since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met briefly at the inter-Korean border zone in June.
Neither of the leaders was present in Sweden, instead initial discussions were being handled by North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil and US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun.
They met on an island northeast of Stockholm called Lidingo, where North Korea has its embassy.