South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon'

South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon'
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A senior South Korean official told reporters on Thursday that the U.S. and North Korea are expected to resume negotiations on Pyongyang’s nuclear program “soon,” boosting hopes that the two sides can revive stalled talks.

“My impression was that North Korea and the United States would carry out dialogue soon, and it would go well,” South Korea’s deputy national security adviser, Kim Hyun-chong, said after meeting U.S. envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Seoul, according to Reuters.

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Washington has urged Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program, though talks have not advanced since a summit in Vietnam in February ended early without a deal.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE expressed optimism that he could reach a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnBolton rips Trump administration's move to block UN meeting on North Korea South Korea: North tested rocket engine The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - Democrats to release articles of impeachment today MORE after a historic meeting in June at the Korean Demilitarized Zone, where he became the first sitting president to step foot into North Korea.

“It was great to call on Chairman Kim of North Korea to have our very well covered meeting. Good things can happen for all!” the president tweeted after the meeting. 

However, Pyongyang has launched a series of short-range projectiles since the June meeting, saying joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea and Seoul's acquisition of American F-35 stealth fighter jets were meant to threaten the North.

Trump has dismissed the launches, saying Kim does not want to “disappoint” him and that the North Korean strongman even apologized. 

“I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!” Trump tweeted this month.