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Kim Yo Jong: Kim Jong-un’s sister ridicules hopes of early US-North Korea talks

Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister has ridiculed the United States’s hopes for an early resumption of diplomacy, saying Washington’s expectations would only “plunge them into a greater disappointment”.

She was responding on Tuesday to US National Security adviser Jake Sullivan, who on Sunday said he saw as an “interesting signal” in a recent speech by Kim Jong Un on preparing for both confrontation and diplomacy with the US.

“A Korean proverb says: ‘In a dream, what counts most is to read it, not to have it,’” said Kim Yo Jong in a statement.




“It seems that the US may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself. The expectation, which they chose to harbour the wrong way, would plunge them into a greater disappointment.”

Kim Yo Jong’s statement came during a visit to Seoul by recently appointed US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, who was scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Unification Minister Lee In-young, who handles relations with North Korea, on Tuesday.

Sung Kim said on Monday that he was willing to meet the North Koreans “anywhere, anytime without preconditions” and that he looks forward to a “positive response soon”.



The South Korean foreign ministry said Sung Kim and his South Korean counterpart Noh Kyu-duk held talks on Monday and agreed to “look into terminating” a controversial working group” established to coordinate their policy towards Pyongyang.

The working group was set up in 2018 to help the two allies coordinate their approaches to issues such as denuclearisation talks, humanitarian aid, sanctions enforcement and inter-Korean relations amid a flurry of diplomatic engagement with North Korea at the time.

That diplomacy included two historic summits between Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump.

The working group was set up in 2018 to help the two allies coordinate their approaches to issues such as denuclearisation talks, humanitarian aid, sanctions enforcement and inter-Korean relations amid a flurry of diplomatic engagement with North Korea at the time.

That diplomacy included two historic summits between Kim Jong Un and then-US President Donald Trump.