The current US-North Korean talks taking place in Sweden which are working-level nuclear talks have been broken off, according to reports. The nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, who is leading the Pyongyang team is saying that the US is being inflexible, and for this reason talks cannot move forward. “The negotiations have not fulfilled our expectations and finally broke off, ” Kim told reporters outside the North Korean embassy, speaking through and interpreter. But the US side quickly countered the comments by saying that they did not reflect the spirit nor the content of the talks. We have known North Korea to get up and walk out of meetings, only to return to receive some sort of respect or concessions.
The North Korean team seems to be impatient and, the DPRK as they are known, was called out by spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus saying, “The US brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts.” She went on to comment on the 70 years of history, of war and hostility on the Korean Peninsula, stating that a strong commitment is needed from both sides of the table. The North Korean side made it clear that the US is not serious about achieving better relations – we have seen this rhetoric from North Korea many times since sincere talks started in the early 1990s.
It usually works this way. The US sends requests to South Korea and Japan to give food (rice and grains) to North Korea, as well as fuel oil and heating oil, winter is coming, then after these bribes are paid, North Korea comes back to the table. However, this time, President Trump might not send the usual food and energy gifts, so these talks may be finished at least until the 2020 election.