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N Korea: Talks with US could take place in 'few weeks'

N Korea: Talks with US could take place in few weeks

Seoul: North Korea says diplomatic talks with the United States could resume in a "few weeks," but it will not consider abandoning its nuclear weapons unless external threats are fully removed.

A statement on Monday attributed to a North Korean foreign ministry official says that the upcoming working-level talks will be decisive in determining the fate of the country's diplomacy

with Washington.

Negotiations have stalled since a February summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam, collapsed over disagreements over sanctions relief in exchange for disarmament

measures.

The statement says discussions of denuclearization of North Korea will only be possible when "threats and hurdles endangering our system security and obstructing our development are clearly removed beyond all doubt."

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