Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

S Korea to develop anti-drone system amid standoff with North

S Korea to develop anti-drone system amid standoff with North

North Korea said Monday that working-level talks with the United States are "expected to be held in a few weeks", but warned denuclearization negotiations would not move forward unless perceived threats to the political system under leader Kim Jong Un are eliminated.

A State Department spokesperson told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency that Washington welcomes Pyeongyang's commitment to resume talks, . adding the U.S.is ready to sit down at a time and place to be agreed.

While it is not known whether Trump responded to the invitation, recent remarks from top administration officials in charge of the talks like Pompeo and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun referring to security guarantees for Kim's regime may be a form of reciprocation.

Trump subsequently said he would be willing to meet Kim at some point this year.

Kim requested Trump to go to Pyongyang in a letter despatched final month, South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported Monday, repeating an invite issued at their final assembly within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the 2 Koreas.

It came shortly after a separate letter from Mr Kim that Mr Trump made public in the first week of August.

Working-level talks on denuclearisation have stalled since Trump and Kim's last official summit in Hanoi ended without a deal.

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Monday officially confirmed that Trump had received such a letter, telling lawmakers in Seoul that she was informed about the missive in detail from the United States not long ago.

Trump and Kim have met three times since June past year to discuss ways to resolve a crisis over North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes, but substantive progress has not been made.

On September 9, North Korea indicated it was willing to resume working-level negotiations and a short time later tested a new multiple rocket launch system (MRLS).

"We have willingness to sit with the USA side for comprehensive discussions of the issues we have so far taken up at the time and place to be agreed late in September", First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said in a statement carried by KCNA.

Speaking to reporters on the White House, the U.S. President indicated that the odds of another visit to Pyongyang in the near future were low.

North Korea the identical day demanded america present safety ensures as a precondition to resuming deadlocked nuclear talks, dampening hopes for progress at a working-level dialogue anticipated within the coming weeks.

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