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A second day of meetings between top diplomatic officials of the United States and North Korea are underway in New York, in an attempt to discuss nuclear disagreements and prepare for a planned historic summit between leaders.
This series of talks come after several months of unprecedented international engagement by the isolated North, which started with Winter Olympic participation in South Korea and included a letter offering talks to U.S. President Donald Trump.
After a year of major advancements in the North Korean nuclear weapons program that led to high tensions between Pyongyang, Washington and much of the world that led to a surge in aggressive sanctions, its leader has sued for some peace.
The U.S. has formally been demanding that the North, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, drop its nuclear and long-range missile programs amid reports that it could hit mainland North America.
The DPRK has long insisted it needed nuclear weapons for security on the world stage, but journalists were invited to watch the North appear to destroy their nuclear test site on May 24.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice-Chairman of the ruling DPRK council Kim Yong Chol launched day two of talks in New York following a 90-minute private dinner on Wednesday night that officials have been tight-lipped about.
Meetings this week follow the newly appointed secretary of state’s previous visits to the DPRK in April and earlier this month to launch negotiations ahead of what would be a historic summit planned for June 12.
Differences between Washington and Pyongyang led Mr. Trump to cancel the summit in a letter to counterpart Kim Jung Un before diplomatic efforts were renewed in the past week.
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