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U.S. shares intelligence on Kim Jong Un with Seoul and Tokyo

  • May 6, 2020
  • , Nikkei Asian Review
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Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday that a senior U.S. State Department official said on Tuesday that the U.S. has been sharing information with Japan and South Korea on the recent disappearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from public view. “Anytime there are issues on the [Korean] Peninsula, as we saw recently, the first governments we speak with are South Korea and Japan,” Marc Knapper, deputy assistant secretary for Korea and Japan, said in regards to Kim’s nearly three-week absence in an online discussion hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. The media outlet wrote that Knapper’s remarks are believed to be meant to brush aside concerns among national security officials that South Korea’s move last year to abandon its military-intelligence sharing pact with Japan could hamper efforts to deal with Pyongyang’s provocations. Regarding the stalled bilateral talks with North Korea, Knapper said: “We remain open to diplomacy regardless of whatever conclusions Pyongyang may have drawn. The door to diplomacy remains open.”

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