US, South Korean, Japanese nuclear envoys to discuss failed Stockholm talks

US, South Korean, Japanese nuclear envoys to discuss failed Stockholm talks
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South Korean, US and Japanese nuclear envoys will hold a trilateral meeting in Washington in the coming days to coordinate positions following the failed working-level nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea in Stockholm, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said on Monday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"During the meeting, the sides will discuss a cooperation plan to achieve progress on the full denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the strengthening of permanent peace", the ministry said.

According to the statement, Lee Do-hoon, South Korean special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will visit the United States from 7 to 10 October and discuss the results of the talks in Sweden with US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun. Lee will also hold a meeting with Shigeki Takizaki, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, who will visit Washington during the same period. After that, the three diplomats will hold a trilateral meeting.

On Saturday, the North Korean delegation headed by chief negotiator Kim Myong-Gil held working-level denuclearisation talks with the US delegation headed by Biegun in Sweden.

These were the first talks since the high-level summit in Hanoi in February. However, without waiting for the negotiations to end, North Korean diplomats left the meeting's venue, after which Kim said the working negotiations with the United States had failed. According to the diplomat, as quoted by the Yonhap News Agency, the United States came empty-handed.

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