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After denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States ended in Stockholm on Saturday, a spokesperson for North Korea's foreign ministry said negotiators have "no intention to hold such sickening negotiations as what happened this time."
The big picture: The two countries disagreed on how to characterize Saturday's talks, with U.S. officials claiming they planned to return to Stockholm in 2 weeks to continue what they deemed a productive conversation. North Korean officials claimed the talks "broke down."
- The negotiations had been a hopeful precursor to another summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after February talks in Hanoi collapsed.
What they're saying: The North Korean spokesperson claimed the U.S. had "not made any preparations" and is "misleading the public opinion."
- "The recent negotiations have left us skeptical about the U.S. political will to improve the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]-U.S. relations and made us think if it isn't its real intention to abuse the bilateral relations for gratifying its party interests."
- "As we have clearly identified the way for solving [the] problem, the fate of the future DPRK-U.S. dialogue depends on the U.S. attitude, and the end of this year is its deadline."