Pompeo hopes for early resumption of nuclear talks with Pyongyang

Pompeo hopes for early resumption of nuclear talks with Pyongyang

Secretary of State may meet with North Korean counterpart in Bangkok if he comes to ASEAN summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he hopes for an early resumption of nuclear talks with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s recent weapons tests, which have darkened the already bleak prospects for further dialogue..

As Pompeo told reporters accompanying him at the security conference in Thailand, some preliminary work on preparing a new round of talks has already been done, but the dates have not yet been agreed..

Pompeo also expressed confidence that he will be able to meet with the North Korean foreign minister if he nevertheless arrives at the ASEAN summit in Bangkok..

The State Department said that leading US negotiator Stephen Bigan will travel to Bangkok for talks related to North Korea, but his schedule has not been disclosed..

«We believe that they (negotiations) will begin soon, – said Pompeo. – I am very optimistic».

Negotiations stalled after the February summit of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, which ended ahead of schedule due to disagreements over the easing of sanctions

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