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N Korea at crossroads

Kim's silence on existing nuclear weapons clouds US talks

Pyongyang withholds detailed inventory of assets as Vietnam summit nears

SEOUL -- North Korean and American diplomats appear to have held a second day of working talks in Pyongyang Thursday, laying groundwork for an upcoming leadership summit, but the North's steadfast refusal to disclose details of its nuclear assets is raising concerns about its commitment to the goal of denuclearization.

The U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Pyongyang Wednesday for talks focused on concrete steps toward denuclearizing the North, paving the way for U.S. President Donald Trump to meet Northern leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam Feb. 27 and 28. But eight months on from the two leaders' first summit in Singapore, it is clear that Kim remains attached to his atomic arsenal.

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