Jul 10, 2020 07:32 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 31, 2020 21:40 Asia/Tehran]
  • Kim Yo Jong sister of Kim Jong Un North Korea leader
    Kim Yo Jong sister of Kim Jong Un North Korea leader

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday that she doesn’t expect her brother to meet President Donald Trump this year because if there is a need, it is a US need, while for North Korea, it is unpractical and does not serve at all.

Iran Press/Asia: Kim Yo Jong in a statement released through Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim-Trump summit unlikely and there’s no reason for the North to gift Trump high-profile meetings.

She called for major concessions from Washington to keep alive the nuclear diplomacy.

“That’s because a surprising thing may still happen, depending upon the judgment and decision between the two top leaders,” Kim Yo Jong said. She added that if there is a need for summit talks, it is a US need, while for North Korea, it is “unpractical and does not serve us at all.”

Kim Yo Jong is seen as her brother’s closest confidant and has been recently confirmed as his top official for inter-Korean affairs.

She is also the first vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee.

Trump and Kim Jong Un have met three times since embarking on high-stakes nuclear diplomacy in 2018.

But negotiations have faltered since their second summit in February 2019, when the Americans rejected North Korean demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capability.

Some analysts believe North Korea, which is sensitive about potential changes in US leadership, will avoid serious talks with the Americans for now before an eventual return to negotiations after the US presidential election in November.

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