(WASHINGTON) — The United States will be holding its first direct talks with North Korea since Kim Jong Un came to power in December, the State Department announced Monday. The talks will be geared towards re-starting the Six Party Talks intended to get North Korea to de-nuclearize.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Monday that Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will meet with North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan, in Beijing on February 23.
Nuland said of the talks in Beijing, “we’ve been very clear with what will be necessary ” from North Korea, adding, “[the] question is whether they are prepared to respond to what we are looking for in order to get back to talks.”
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