Oct 19, 2019 - World

U.S. presented tourism plans to North Korea during denuclearization talks

Cars with North Korean delegation in Sweden

Cars carrying members of the North Korean delegation in Sweden. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. officials developed and presented a long-term plan to help North Korea establish a sought-after tourism hub in exchange for denuclearization during recent talks in Stolkholm, Bloomberg reports, citing Hankook Ilbo newspaper.

Why it matters: North Korea has tested weapons repeatedly in recent months, after talks with the U.S. came to a standstill in February. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has tried to build a resort in the Wonsan-Kalma coastal area, per Bloomberg.

  • The October meeting in Stockholm marked the first negotiations in 8 months between the two countries.

But, but, but: North Korean envoy Kim Myong Gil said the U.S. arrived "empty-handed," at the negotiation table, writes Bloomberg.

  • North Korea also called the U.S. position on weapons "sickening" in October.

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