Kim Jong-Un Casts Doubts on Future Summit

  • "I want to believe that the U.S. side would come out with an alternative based on a calculation method that serves both sides' interests and is acceptable to us," Choe Son-hui said.
  • "No practical follow-ups have been made to make the summits' talks a reality, which casts a shadow over the possibility of future summits," KCNA writes.
  • Kim jong Un and Donald Trump have met three times before.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has cast doubts on the possibilities of holding a future summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The state-controlled news agency, KCNA, reported the information on Thursday night. At the same time, Kim is hoping for President Trump to change on several issues.As late as September 9, Kim announced that he was ready to meet with Donald Trump to discuss nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.

Choe Son-hui is a senior North Korean diplomat. She is the First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and is one of few North Korean women holding a high-level office.

At the time, Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister, had stated that North Korea was willing to resume nuclear diplomacy in late September. She had nonetheless implored Washington to join the negotiating table with new proposals that are acceptable. She had equally warned about the possible collapse of dealings between the two countries if the proposals didn’t appeal to North Korea. “I want to believe that the U.S. side would come out with an alternative based on a calculation method that serves both sides’ interests and is acceptable to us,” Choe had said then.

Now, however, North Korea has seemingly changed its attitude altogether. According to KCNA, quoted by the Reuters news agency, Kim isn’t happy due to “the lack of progress” in realizing the agreements made so far. According to KCNA, this means that the opportunities for a new summit have since decreased.

In the statement, published under the headline: “Statement by the adviser to North Korea’s foreign minister,” but obviously having Kim’s blessings, North Korea notes that the previous meetings between the two leaders have shown that there is a political will to put an end to the strained relations between Washington and Pyongyang. “But no practical follow-ups have been made to make the summits’ talks a reality, which casts a shadow over the possibility of future summits,” KCNA writes.

KCNA highlights the concessions North Korea has made to the United States, for instance, the release of captured Americans as well as the return of the remains of fallen soldiers. According to Kim Kye Gwan, Choe’s predecessor as First Vice Foreign Minister, the U.S. has done nothing in as far as implementing the joint statement is concerned. The joint statement is as a result of the first summit between Trump and Kim that was held last year in Singapore.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the state news agency of North Korea. The agency portrays the views of the North Korean government for both domestic and foreign consumption. It was established on December 5, 1946.

It is clear that the North Korean leader is disappointed with Donald Trump, who is said to have failed to pledge to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea and to have increased the sanctions on the country instead of removing them. According to KCNA, Washington is “obsessed” with North Korea abolishing its nuclear weapons. At the same time, Kim writes in the statement that “I came to know that President Trump is different from his predecessors in political sense and decision” in his approach towards North Korea, “so I would like to place my hope on President Trump’s wise option and bold decision.”

Kim jong Un and Donald Trump have met three times before. The first time was in Singapore on June 12, 2018, the second time in Hanoi on February 27-28, 2019 and the third time on June 30 this year when they both met briefly in the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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