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US, N Korea engage in backroom talks

‘NEW YORK CHANNEL’:Sources said Trump reopened a channel for negotiation between the enemy states that had been shut under the previous president soon after taking office

AP, WASHINGTON

In its own convoluted way, North Korea has indicated openness to talks in recent weeks, even as it has accelerated the tempo of weapons tests.

On July 4, after the North test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially strike the continental US, Kim added a new caveat to his refusal to negotiate over its nukes or missiles. Instead of a blanket rejection, he ruled out such concessions “unless the US hostile policy and nuclear threat to the DPRK are definitely terminated.”

“North Korea is assessing its options,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at the New America think tank who participated in unofficial talks with North Korean officials in Oslo in May, where Yun also met with the North Koreans.

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