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North Korea ‘willing to restart’ nuclear talks with US

North Korea is willing to restart denuclearisation talks with the United States later this month, the country’s vice foreign minister has said.
Choe Son-hui said they were willing to resume “comprehensive” discussions in a setting agreed by both sides.
Her statement came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hopes for talks to resume.
Hours after Ms Choe spoke, two short-range projectiles were reportedly launched from North Korea.
It’s the latest in a series of tests in recent months.

At their first meeting, last year, US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un agreed to the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula – but without determining what that meant or how to achieve it.
Discussions on the finer details broke down in February, during their second summit in Hanoi.

What has North Korea said?
Ms Choe said on Monday that North Korea was willing to sit “face-to-face” again at an agreed time and place around late September.
In the statement, she urged Washington to come with a fresh approach in order to keep hopes for a deal alive.
“I want to believe that the US side would come out with an alternative based on a calculation method that serves both sides’ interests and is acceptable to us,” she said, according to Reuters.
The last summit broke down after a rift emerged over the lifting of sanctions.

In June, Mr Trump and Mr Kim spoke again at a historic meeting at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas.
During a brief discussion the two leaders agreed working-level talks should resume, but they still have not.
“I have a very good relationship with Chairman Kim,” Mr Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. “I always say having meetings is a good thing. We’ll see what happens.”

What about the new tests?
South Korean military officials say two projectiles were fired toward the sea at about 07:00 local time on Tuesday (22:00 GMT Monday).
They were launched towards the east from Kaechon in South Pyongan province and travelled about 330km (205 miles). A national security council meeting was held in response.

A senior US official told the AFP news agency they were aware of the latest reports.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and consulting closely with our allies in the region,” they said.
Speaking to US media on Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration was “disappointed” at the ongoing tests.
“We wish that he would stop that. But our mission set at the State Department is very clear: to get back to the table,” he said.
Source:  BBC

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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