N. Korean Leader's Sister Says Another Summit With US Unlikely This Year

Reporter Reporter Julie Sohn ㅣ 2020-07-10 11:11

Photo: Yonhap News
Photo: Yonhap News
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's powerful sister has dismissed the possibility of another summit with the United States this year unless there is a change in Washington's negotiating position.

Kim Yo-jong made the remark Friday in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

She said as long as there is no decisive change in the U.S. position, a summit between North Korea and the U.S. is unnecessary and useless this year and in the future, at least for Pyongyang.

However, Kim stressed that it does not mean the North will never denuclearize, but that it cannot denuclearize now.

She called on the U.S. to take "major steps" if it wants to resume negotiations, but said the North will not go back to its previous proposal to give up its Yongbyon nuclear complex in exchange for sanctions relief.

She also called for the U.S. to drop its "hostile policy" toward the North, while making it clear the North has no intention of threatening the U.S.

Her statements come after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is "very hopeful" about continuing dialogue with the North, including another summit between the two countries.

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