U.S. and North Korea to resume nuclear talks despite recent missile tests

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The U.S. and North Korea are reportedly set to resume nuclear talks this weekend despite recent missile tests from the latter nation.

North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui, indicated negotiations would begin Saturday though his nation has conducted six short-range missile tests of late, including a new submarine-launched ballistic missile during mid-week.

President Trump said the weapons tests wouldn’t be an impediment to continuing talks, however, though some experts indicated they were done in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“I can confirm that U.S. and DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) officials plan to meet within the next week,” Morgan Ortagus, the State Department’s chief spokeswoman, told reporters Tuesday.

Washington and Pyongyang had what an official from the latter nation called “preliminary contact” Friday and will follow up with working-level negotiations Saturday.

“The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations,” North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui, told state-run media.

Some U.S. political experts consider the talks pointless and possibly even harmful, however.

“Kim Jong Un … will do whatever he can to keep his nuclear weapons capacity and to enhance it further,” Trump’s ex-national security adviser, John Bolton, said this week at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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