N.Korea, U.S. to hold working-level talks at weekend - KCNA

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"The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the U.S. agreed to have preliminary contact on October 4 and hold working-level negotiations on October 5", North Korea's First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui said in a statement, according to state-run KCNA news agency.

North Korea and the U.S. have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations this weekend following a months-long stalemate over the withdrawal of sanctions in exchange for disarmament, a senior North Korean diplomat said. The foreign minister used North Korea's official name, which is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

However, the North has praised Trump's suggestion made last month that Washington may pursue an unspecified "new method" in the negotiations.

Trump and Kim had signed a joint statement during their first summit in Singapore past year that said the North Korean leader "reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". North Korea additionally has welcomed Trump's resolution to fireplace hawkish former Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton, who advocated a "Libya model" of unilateral denuclearization as a template for North Korea. In the several months since, North Korea has run several short-range missile tests.

Talks between the two countries diplomats have been frozen since the breakdown of a summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi in February.

Kim and Trump have held three meetings so far.

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The U.S. State Department has announced that U.S. officials will resume meetings with officials from North Korea, after initial talks broke down.

Analysts say Bolton's dismissal from the White House could have helped Pyongyang's decision to come to the table.

"The strategic decision Kim Jong Un has made is to do whatever he can to keep nuclear weapons capability and development", Bolton said in remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. "Under current circumstances, he will never give up the nuclear weapons voluntarily".

"This is a government that has essentially violated every global agreement it has ever made", he said.

At the end of June, the two leaders met unexpectedly in the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas, raising the possibility that a third formal summit would be held.

Trump and Kim had their first historic meeting in Singapore past year.

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