US Agrees to Resume Talks With North Korea on Denuclearization

Pompeo to Meet North Korean FM Next Week

Progress made at the inter-Korean summit on restarting the denulearization process appears to have borne fruit, with US officials saying they are eager to resume talks with North Korea.

North Korea committed on Tuesday to close a missile engine testing site and a launch pad. In both cases, North Korea has said they will support international observers from “concerned countries” being present.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has invited North Korea’s foreign minister to New York next week for direct talks. These are the first high-profile talks in weeks, and Pompeo’s first direct involvement since President Trump prevented him visiting North Korea.

In addition to the new dismantling, North Korea also agreed to shut down a major nuclear complex in return for unspecified US commitments. This has led to criticism from some officials who aren’t supportive of the North Korea diplomacy, saying it was short of previous US demands.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.