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Kim Jong Un’s sister comments on denuclearization

NHK reported online on a statement released this morning by Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of DPRK strongman Kim Jong Un, in which she suggested that North Korea may choose to denuclearize if the United States takes corresponding measures. “We are not saying we aren’t going to denuclearize,” she said. “But we cannot denuclearize now.” On speculation that there may be another summit between her brother and President Trump ahead of the U.S. presidential election in the fall, Kim Yo Jong reportedly underscored that such a meeting would “not be useful to us” unless the U.S. were to change its approach to the stalled nuclear talks. “This is my personal opinion, but a summit between the U.S. and North Korea will not take place this year,” she added. Quoting Kim Yo Jong as separately stressing that the relationship between  President Trump and Kim Jong Un remains strong, the broadcaster interpreted this contradictory message as meaning that the Kim regime is still interested in holding talks with the Trump administration if the U.S. makes concessions.  

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