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US and North Korea wrap up 'intensive' denuclearization talks

Meeting in Sweden aimed to close gaps before second Trump-Kim summit

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hold a signing ceremony after their June 2018 summit in Singapore.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- U.S. and North Korean officials sought to bridge their differences on denuclearization and sanctions during three days of talks ended Monday, with Yonhap News Agency citing an "intensive discussion" ahead of a second summit between the countries.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, met with North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui at a recreational facility outside of Stockholm, according to the South Korean news agency.

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