Pyongyang would acquire nothing by establishing a 3rd US-North Korea summit as Washington is barely making an attempt to purchase time and “calm us down,” Kim Yo-jong has mentioned after high American officers signaled an openness to talks.
North Korea has “nothing to achieve from a negotiation with the US, and we don’t even harbor any expectation about it,” Kim Yo-jong, the sister and shut support of Kim Jong-un, mentioned in a wordy assertion launched by KCNA state information company.
Such a gathering, if it had been to be held this yr, would play into the fingers of the US and could be “unprofitable to us,” she argued. “We’ll solely find yourself dropping time once more,” Kim warned, including that one other unsuccessful assembly would solely impair “the particular relations” between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim.
A number of high-ranked US officers, from Trump himself to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, signaled in current days that Washington is able to restart denuclearization talks with Pyongyang earlier than the tip of the yr.
Nevertheless, Kim Yo-jong, who’s believed to be the second-most-powerful determine in North Korea, steered the US is not critical about it in any respect.
“The US solely needs to purchase time, maintaining the door open to dialogue and calming us down,” she steered. Nevertheless, she made it clear that Pyongyang could come again to the desk if Washington modifications its “hostile” stance.
The highest official mentioned Washington’s sanctions will not make any distinction in persuading North Korea into giving up nuclear weapons. Invoking her brother’s earlier remarks, Kim Yo-jong pledged that “we will by no means barter our system, the security and way forward for our individuals for the likes of lifting of sanctions.”
Curiously, the prolonged assertion ended with a type of a diplomatic curtsey to the American president. Kim Yo-jong mentioned she was impressed by the current July four festivities throughout the US, including that the North Korean chief – who additionally wished Trump “nice successes”– instructed her “to personally receive, for positive, the DVD of the celebrations.”
Trump and Kim Jong-un met twice in 2018 and 2019, making historical past however producing no substantial outcomes. Their first-ever assembly in Singapore set hopes excessive for mending ties, however the second in Hanoi, Vietnam abruptly ended earlier than the time got here to signal a joint declaration.
The dialogue began to lose steam shortly after, though each side stopped in need of returning to full-fledged confrontation.
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