North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ‘s powerful sister said Friday she’s not expecting her brother to meet with President Donald Trump this year, saying there’s no reason for the North to donate high-profile Trump meetings when it isn’t being substantially rewarded in return. “But also, you never know,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement released through Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, where she called for major concessions from Washington to keep alive the nuclear diplomacy.
Kim Yo Jong is seen as the closest confidant of her uncle, and has recently been identified as his top inter-Korean affairs official. She is also the first vice head of department of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers Party. She has served in Asia as the top U.S. official on the Koreas. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun is in Japan following a meeting in Seoul with South Korean officials, where he accused a top North Korean nuclear negotiator of being “locked in an old way.”
North Korea has been pushing a denuclearization concept for decades that bears no resemblance to the American definition, with Pyongyang vowing to pursue nuclear development until the US removes its troops and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. Experts claim that Kim Jong Un sees diplomacy as a dialogue between nuclear states to reduce arms, rather than talks that. Experts claim that Kim Jong Un sees negotiations as a dialogue between nuclear states on arms reduction rather than talks that would culminate in a complete surrender of the missiles he sees as his best guarantee of survival.