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North Korea-U.S. working-level talks resume in Stockholm Saturday Updated: 2019-10-05 15:56:52 KST

North Korea and the U.S. agreed to resume their working-level talks on Saturday at the Villa Elfvik Strand in Lidingo, northeast of Stockholm.
Details are not yet known about the meeting, but that is what's been reportedly agreed by the two sides at their preliminary discussions the day before.
It is known that the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Mark Lambert and Kwon Jong-gun, the former head of the regime's North American affairs department carried out Friday's exchange.
As the discussion was in preparation for Saturday's meeting, the two sides only met for a few hours Friday morning, to reportedly work out the schedule and administrative tasks for the actual working-level sit-down.

Regarding the general atmosphere, it's been reported that the U.S. thinks productive talks were exchanged in an amicable way.

While not much is known about Saturday's talks, Kim Myong-gil will be heading the North Korean delegation while U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will do so for Washington.

There was speculation that the talks could go on for more than a day should there be more to discuss, but there are no indications of that happening as of yet.

This is the first time that the two sides have sat down on the negotiating table since the Hanoi summit fell apart in February.
With President Donald Trump recently having mentioned a possible "new calculation", eyes are on whether the two sides can agree on the denuclearization steps and their corresponding measures.

Thus, the main sticking point of Saturday's meeting, is expected to be whether North Korea will give up anything more than the Yeongbyeon nuclear facility, and whether the U.S. will give partial sanctions relief or security guarantees in exchange.

Time Magazine, citing two U.S. officials said Trump is prepared to offer Kim Jong-un a three-year waiver from UN sanctions on textile and coal exports should Pyeongyang agree to dismantle its main nuclear facility at Yeongbyeon and halt its production of highly-enriched uranium.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.
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