White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told Axios in an interview published Sunday that President Trump wants to resume diplomacy with North Korea, and has made overtures.
“We’ve reached out to the North Koreans and let them know that we would like to continue the negotiations in Stockholm that were last undertaken in early October,” O’Brien said. Those working-level nuclear talks were called off before anything was agreed upon, with North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Myong Gil, saying the United States would “not give up their old viewpoint and attitude.”
In December, Kim warned the United States that his country would send a “Christmas gift,” which many experts thought referred to a missile test. “All we know is we were told we were going to get a Christmas gift and the Christmas gift didn’t come,” O’Brien said. “And so I think that was an encouraging sign. But, again, that doesn’t mean we won’t see some sort of test in the future.”
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