US-N. Korea nuclear talks advancing well, says S. Korea official

Compromise may have been reached on lifting sanctions, giving up N-facilities

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flanked by US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korean Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol before a meeting in Washington, DC, last Friday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flanked by US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korean Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol before a meeting in Washington, DC, last Friday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea are progressing well, and both sides may have reached a compromise in which US sanctions could be lifted in return for the North giving up nuclear facilities and materials, according to a South Korean official.

If so, Pyongyang would want to resume two key inter-Korea projects - the Kaesong industrial complex and Mount Kumgang resort, said governor Choi Moon-soon of eastern Gangwon province.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2019, with the headline 'US-N. Korea nuclear talks advancing well, says S. Korea official'. Subscribe