North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume stalled working level talks on October 5, seven months after the collapse of a summit in Vietnam between the two countries’ leaders, the North’s state media reported on Tuesday.
Pyongyang and Washington have agreed to have preliminary contact on Friday, before officials come to the table over the weekend to try break the diplomatic stalemate over the North’s nuclear missiles programme, KCNA said, citing Choe Son Hui, the vice foreign minister.
“The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations,” Ms Choe said in the statement, using North Korea’s official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
“It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-U.S. relations.”
The location of the proposed meeting has not yet been revealed, and there has been no immediate public confirmation from the Trump administration.
The tentative breakthrough was announced just hours after Kim Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations, berated the US for its failure to restart the talks, which hit an impasse when Donald Trump, the US President, and Kim Jong-un failed to reach an agreement in Hanoi in February.