The United States and North Korea will begin working level talks in Stockholm, Sweden beginning tomorrow, Friday Oct 4, according a source with knowledge of the plans. The chief negotiator from the North Korean side will be the DPRK’s former ambassador to Vietnam, Kim Myong Gil.
Kim Myong Gil is a longtime NK diplomat who has participated in multiple nuclear negotiations including the six-party-talks, five rounds of negotiations in Beijing from 2003 to 2007. Kim was also part of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s delegation to Hanoi, Vietnam in February.
The source adds the North Koreans “sense an opportunity” right now, perceiving President Trump as “politically vulnerable” and “starving for a win” — which they think could mean Trump is willing to be more flexible in negotiations to bring “tangible results.”
The source also adds North Korea’s latest missile test is not related to the timing of upcoming working level talks, but instead a response to South Korea showing off its US-made F-35 fighter jets for the first time Tuesday.
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