US says North Korea comments “do not reflect content or spirit” of Stockholm talks

WASHINGTON, The US said Saturday that the early comments from the North Korea delegation “do not reflect the content or the spirit” of the over eight hours discussion held in Stockholm, Sweden.

This comes amid reports that high level nuclear talks between the two countries broke off as North Korea’s top nuclear envoy Kim Myong Gil was quoted saying “the negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off.” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement “the US brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts.” It added that the US delegation discussed “the importance of more intensive engagement to solve the many issues of concern for both sides.” “At the conclusion of our discussions, the United States proposed to accept the invitation of our Swedish hosts to return to Stockholm to meet again in two weeks time in order to continue discussions on all of the topics. The United States delegation has accepted this invitation,” the statement confirmed.

It stressed that the US and the DPRK “will not overcome a legacy of 70 years of war and hostility on the Korean Peninsula through the course of a single Saturday.” It continued “these are weighty issues, and they require a strong commitment by both countries. The United States has that commitment.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency