It appears that Trump’s so-called “deal-making” skills have failed us yet again.
Courtesy of Reuters:
Working-level nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington have broken off, North Korea’s top negotiator said late on Saturday, dashing prospects for an end to months of stalemate.
The talks, at an isolated conference center on the outskirts of Stockholm, were the first such formal discussion since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and agreed to restart negotiations that stalled after a failed summit in Vietnam in February.
The North’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, who spent much of the day in talks with an American delegation, cast the blame on what he portrayed as U.S. inflexibility, saying the other side’s negotiators would not “give up their old viewpoint and attitude.”
“The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectation and finally broke off,” Kim told reporters outside the North Korean embassy, speaking through an interpreter.
It is pretty obvious that Norht Korea has no intention of curtailing their nuclear weapons program.
And essentially why should they?
After all by acting like petulant children they have already had two meetings with the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, which offered endless propaganda opportunities and even got the US/South Korea miliary exercises suspended.
The only reason that North Korea would be willing to negotiate is because they are not benefiting from their current position, and that is simply not the case.