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DPRK unresponsive to U.S. proposal for bilateral summit

  • December 13, 2018
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi highlighted the disclosure by several unnamed USG officials that North Korea has not responded to a U.S. offer to hold a summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un early next year, noting that this signifies a wide chasm between the two parties over the speed and scope of North Korea’s denuclearization. The daily speculated that it is unclear whether a second summit between the two leaders will be convened in January or February as previously suggested by the President and other senior USG officials, adding that recently Special Representative for North Korea Biegun has been unable to make contact with DPRK officials.

 

In a related item, Sankei wrote that an inter-Korean summit between Kim Jong Un and President Moon is unlikely to take place this year despite the two leaders’ agreement in September that Kim would visit Seoul “in the near future.” According to the daily, the Kim regime is apparently “upset” over the Moon administration’s failure to promote inter-Korean economic cooperation and persuade the U.S. to relax economic sanctions. 

 

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