North Korea, US to hold working-level talks at weekend - KCNA

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North Korea says nuclear talks with U.S. will resume on Oct. 5

During that time, North Korea instead test-fired six rounds of ballistic missiles - a total of eight since the Hanoi summit ended without an agreement.

North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume stalled working level talks on October 5, seven months after the collapse of a summit in Vietnam between the two countries' leaders, the North's state media reported on Tuesday.

"The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations", said Choe, referring to the abbreviation of North Korea's official name.

"I hope that improvements in North Korea-US relations will be accelerated through these working-level talks". It is not clear where the meetings will take place.

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State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed to ABC News that talks would occur "within the next week", but said she did not have other details to provide, such as a date or location.

Choe's statement came a day after Trump's hawkish former national security adviser John Bolton warned that the North was not willing to give up its nuclear weapons and was trying to buy time with diplomacy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has talked of possible security assurances for the communist regime and dangled the prospect of a bright future for a nuclear-free North Korea.

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The 2004 disarmament of Libya is seen by North Korea as a deeply provocative comparison because Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed following USA -supported military action in his country seven years after giving up a rudimentary nuclear program that was far less advanced than North Korea's.

The communist state also has stepped up its bellicose rhetoric, expressing anger over continued joint U.S.

At a forum in Washington hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Mr Bolton said the North Korean leader has made a "strategic decision" to do whatever he can to keep his country's nuclear weapons and that is an "unacceptable" threat to the world.

A large part of the worldwide community is opposed to the unilateral imposition of sanctions, and in the case of the DPRK, such measures have only hindered the talks between Seoul and Washington to achieve denuclearization, lasting peace and development of the Korean peninsula through diplomatic channels.

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