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N. Korea says another summit with U.S. is 'useless' but is open to denuclearization
Updated: 2020-07-10 17:10:28 KST
Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, says a summit between the leaders of North Korea and the U.S. is necessary for Washington, but useless for Pyeongyang.
That was one of the reasons Kim Yo-jong laid out in her statement Friday as to why she thinks there will not be another North Korea-U.S. summit within this year.
But she said this was her personal idea adding that no one knows what might still happen depending upon the judgement and decision between the two leaders.
The statement came just a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is "very hopeful" that they can continue denuclearization talks with the North.
Pompeo hinted that there could be a senior level meeting between Washington and Pyeongyang.
He said it could be useful, but that he does not want to talk about the details yet.
Despite dismissing the possibility of another summit, Kim Yo-jong left the door open for denuclearization.
But she said the U.S. must take major steps before Pyeongyang abandons its nukes.
Kim said those major steps are not sanctions relief, but a change in the framework of negotiations between North Korea and the U.S.
Experts say the U.S. would have to guarantee the regime's safety.

"The fundamental problem is not an economic onebut about national security. What the North want is for the U.S. to stop bringing strategic weapons to the peninsula, the joint military exercises, and to reach a peace treaty."

Kim Yo-Jong added that the regime's military movements will all depend on how the U.S. behaves.
To why there is no military tension now between Pyeongyang and Washington, she said it is due to the friendship built between Kim Jong-un and President Trump.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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