After the breakdown of the working-level talks between the US and North Korea over the nuclear deal in Sweden, delegates from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Washington on October 8 to engage in discussions to address the issue of North Korean denuclearization. It was confirmed by the US State Department in a statement released that Stephen Biegun, who is the US special envoy to North Korea engaged in talks with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts. The statement stated that the delegates re-established the importance of continued close coordination on North Korea in order to successfully reach a level of complete denuclearization.
On the other hand, after the failure of the US and North Korea talks in Sweden on Saturday, North Korea said that it has “no intention” for any further talks. After much deliberation, it was reported that the talks fell through. Kim Myong Gil, who headed the Korean delegation blamed the American delegation for pursuing the talks without any negotiations and rather “empty-handed” while maintaining the old stance and attitude on the issue. North Korea has denied any further engagements expressing its disappointment with the US. It said that US talks lack a “new and creative” solution. Whereas US delegates informed that the discussions went well and the US might schedule another meeting with North Korea later this month.
The meeting in Stockholm was considered the first of its kind following a February meeting between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. The meeting comes after the Pyongyang's rebellious trial of a sea-launched ballistic missile last week. The leaders of both the US and North Korea in their first summit in June adopted an agreement on the "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula". The progress has been considerably slow. There is an extreme interest mainly in Japan and South Korea to see if Trump and Kim could strike a deal. Trump over time proved that he is ready to take risks with North Korea which no other American leader has taken in the past even though critics think otherwise.