Washington Post 旭川時事英語研究会

U.S. disputes North Korean claim that nuclear talks have broken down


By Min Joo Kim

October 6 at 6:00 AM     The Washington Post

SEOUL — North Korea said nuclear talks with the United States have broken down, a description at odds with the Trump administration’s characterization of them as a “good discussion.”

The two sides met in Stockholm on Saturday to resume nuclear negotiations after eight months of stalemate over denuclearization and sanctions.

The top North Korean nuclear envoy, Kim Myong Gil, said the working-level talks had broken off “entirely due to the United States’ failure to abandon its outdated viewpoint and attitude.”

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus disputed those comments, saying they did not reflect “the content or spirit of today’s 8½ -hour discussion.”

She said Washington brought “creative ideas” and “a number of new initiatives” to the talks, while North Korea blamed the Americans for coming “empty-handed.”

Saturday’s talks were the first since President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in February. Trump’s personal diplomatic overtures to Kim, including an informal meeting at the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone in June, were put to a test as Pyongyang resumed weapons tests.

North Korea tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile on Wednesday, days before the nuclear talks with Washington were set to resume.

Kim Myong Gil said that whether Pyongyang breaks its self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and missile testing “entirely depends on the stance of the United States.”

The State Department said Washington is willing to resume discussions with Pyongyang in two weeks, but Pyongyang has not expressed such an intention.

Van Jackson, a former Pentagon official and a lecturer at New Zealand’s Victoria University of Wellington, said Trump’s personal diplomacy with Kim has undermined the nuclear negotiations.

“From North Korea’s perspective, there is nothing to be gained from working-level talks as long as Trump is a doormat,” Jackson said.

He said the North Koreans do not intend to engage in sincere negotiations on the working level when they see a bigger gain from directly engaging with Trump.

Last month, Trump said that another summit meeting with the North Korean leader “could happen soon.”

“Right now, people would like to see that happen. I want to know what’s going to be coming out of it,” he said on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.



-Washington Post, 旭川時事英語研究会




no image

Why Google Wave’s demise is good news for Facebook

8月9日の旭川時事英語研究会のtextです。二つのtextを用意しました。 今、話題のFacebookと北朝鮮のニュースを題材にします。 By Pete Cashmore, Special to CN …

no image

Confusion, grief and despair in India’s school poisoning village

皆さん、お元気ですか?旭川時事英語研究会の宮口です。 さて、今日の話題はインドの貧しい村で起きた学校の給食により23人もの尊い子供たちの命を奪った食中毒事件について勉強します。 By Sumnima …

no image

North Korea denies punishing citizens for not mourning enough

皆さん、明けましておめでとうございます。 今年初めての英語の勉強会になります。 皆さんはどんなお正月を過ごされたのでしょうか? 早速ですが、北朝鮮の体制が新しくなり後継者の偶像化に躍起になっているよう …

no image

Naomi Campbell will appear at war crimes trial of Charles Taylor

旭川時事英語研究会のtextです。7月12日、”Iran to review woman’s stoning sentence”の後で時間があれば、こちらの記事も翻 …

no image

Exiled Iranian human rights lawyer speaks out

By Ivan Watson, CNN August 14, 2010 — Updated 1610 GMT (0010 HKT) Oslo, Norway (CNN) — T …



click please ⇒

Sponsored Links