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Joel Wit cited in article about North Korea’s demands putting a stop to denuclearization talks

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President Trump’s hope of striking a landmark agreement to denuclearize North Korea suffered a setback this weekend when Pyongyang said it wouldn’t continue negotiations unless the U.S. makes a significant concession.

The State Department said it had presented creative ideas during a working-level meeting on Saturday on how to narrow the wide differences between the two sides and said U.S. officials stood ready to continue negotiations in two weeks.

But North Korea on Sunday warned that the diplomacy “may immediately come to an end” unless the U.S. takes a substantial step toward Pyongyang’s position before the end of the year.

Neither side has publicly spelled out details of proposals presented during the weekend meeting.

Experts said it was difficult to tell whether the North Koreans are engaging in brinksmanship to try to wring fresh concessions from Washington or if the discussions actually are on the verge of breaking down.

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