United States ‘very actively’ asking North Korea to return to talks – South Korea

Published November 10, 2019, 4:15 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Reuters

SEOUL – The United States is “very actively” trying to persuade North Korea to come back to negotiations, South Korea’s national security adviser said on Sunday, as a year-end North Korean deadline for US flexibility approaches.

Residents hold US and North Korean flags while they wait for motorcade of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un en route to the Metropole Hotel for the second US- North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019.  (REUTERS/Kham/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)
Residents hold US and North Korean flags while they wait for motorcade of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un en route to the Metropole Hotel for the second US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam February 28, 2019. (REUTERS/Kham/File Photo/MANILA BULLETIN)

South Korea was taking North Korea’s deadline “very seriously”, the adviser, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters, at a time when efforts to improve inter-Korean relations have stalled.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in April gave the United States a year-end deadline to show more flexibility, and North Korean officials have warned the United States not to ignore that date.

 
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