‘U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks have broken down’, says North Korea negotiator

Working-level nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S. have broken off, North Korea’s chief negotiator said on Saturday.

“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” the North’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, told reporters at the country’s embassy in Stockholm.

The North Korean delegation arrived in Stockholm on Thursday for the working-level nuclear talks.

Pyongyang said on Wednesday it had successfully test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile. The launch was the most provocative by North Korea since it resumed dialogue with the U.S. in 2018. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban Pyongyang from using ballistic missile technology.

Earlier on Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful of progress in talks with North Korea in Stockholm.

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