US and North Korean officials are in Sweden to restart nuclear talks in the hope of breaking a stalemate between the two countries, ABC News can report.
Though President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have met before over the same issues, their meeting ended without an agreement. Despite the minimal progress, both sides insisted they wanted to continue negotiations.
This new development comes days after North Korea tested a new missile in a significant step up from earlier tests.
The missile, fired from a platform at sea, was capable of being launched from a submarine, which means North Korea could potentially launch missiles far outside its territory.
North Korea is banned from using ballistic missiles by UN Security Council resolutions and is under US and UN sanctions for its nuclear programme.
The talks are taking place on the island of Lidingo, northeast of Stockholm, where US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil are expected to meet.
The two countries have held two summits so far.
The first happened in Singapore in 2018 resulting in a vague denuclearisation agreement which led to little concrete results. The second summit held in Hanoi ended early without any agreement.