North Korea proposed on Friday, March 1, to hold a new round of talks between the DPRK and the United States. The summit with the participation of the leaders of the two countries ended in failure on February 28, but both sides intend to continue the dialogue.
The meeting of the US President Donald Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN, held in Hanoi, did not lead to concrete results and ended in advance, the two leaders could not reach an agreement. The previous, first, meeting of the heads of the two countries was held in Singapore in June 2018. Between the two summits, there was no progress on the core issue of nuclear disarmament of the DPRK. The US is putting forward as a necessary condition for lifting the sanctions the DPRK’s renunciation of nuclear weapons.
At the end of the Hanoi summit, Donald Trump said that the DPRK demanded the lifting of all sanctions in exchange for stopping nuclear and ballistic programs and that the US can not go to such conditions.
In turn, North Korea claims that its demand was for a “partial” lifting of sanctions, namely, 5 of the 11 sanctions contained in UN resolutions. For the first time in the history of international diplomacy, the DPRK foreign Minister Lee Yong-Ho convened a press conference to explain the North Korean position. However, only a small number of journalists were invited to the meeting. According to the head of North Korean diplomacy, Pyongyang is ready to close nuclear facilities in Yongbyon.