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WorldNorth Korea’s Kim Jong Un sends his sister and a letter to break the ice with the South after a long silence

21:00  12 june  2019
21:00  12 june  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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© Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ' s sister , Kim Yo Jong , delivers a letter of condolence to South Korean presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, June 12, 2019. (Unification Ministry/Yonhap via REUTERS).

© Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ' s sister , Kim Yo Jong , delivers a letter of condolence to South Korean presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, June 12, 2019. (Unification Ministry/Yonhap via REUTERS).

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent his sister to the border with South Korea on Wednesday to offer condolences for the death of a former first lady, in the first significant interaction between the two countries in months.

Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who holds a senior position in the government, brought a wreath and a letter of condolence from her brother after the death of former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho on Monday.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un sends his sister and a letter to break the ice with the South after a long silence© Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, delivers a letter of condolence to South Korean presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, June 12, 2019. (Unification Ministry/Yonhap via REUTERS)

She was seen smiling broadly and shaking hands with South Korean officials before sitting across a table and handing over a purple folder containing the condolence letter. Their 15-minute meeting was the first high-level interaction between the two Koreas since the breakdown of a summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and President Trump at the end of February.

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© Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ' s sister , Kim Yo Jong , delivers a letter of condolence to South Korean presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, June 12, 2019. (Unification Ministry/Yonhap via REUTERS).

© Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ' s sister , Kim Yo Jong , delivers a letter of condolence to South Korean presidential national security director Chung Eui-yong at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone, June 12, 2019. (Unification Ministry/Yonhap via REUTERS).

South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, quoted Kim Yo Jong as saying that she hoped for a continuation of the inter-Korean cooperation that the late first lady had worked for.

In the letter, which was later read at Lee’s funeral, Kim Jong Un praised her devotion and efforts, along with her husband, the late president Kim Dae-jung, “for the reconciliation and unity of the people, and peace and unification of the nation, in face of all the hardships and troubles.”

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un sends his sister and a letter to break the ice with the South after a long silence© AP South Korean officials carry flowers sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a hospital in Seoul, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, for the funeral of former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho. (Korea Pool via AP)

Those efforts, he said, “serve as a precious foundation to current flow of the inter-Korean relationship that is proceeding toward autonomous reunification and prosperity, and the people will never forget about it.”

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Kim Jong Un sends his sister to South Korea in possible sign of warming relations. After the death of former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ’ s sister , Kim Yo Jong , delivers a letter of condolence to South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent his sister to the border with South Korea on Wednesday to offer condolences for the death of a former first lady, in the first significant interaction between the two countries in months.

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The meeting followed another letter sent by Kim to Trump on Monday, marking a slight thaw in North Korea’s position since the Hanoi summit. In the interim, North Korea has tested short-range ballistic missiles, rebuffed several attempts by Washington and Seoul to resume talks and issued a serious of angry statements on state media.

On Tuesday, Trump described Kim’s missive as a “beautiful letter,” adding that it was “very personal, very warm, very nice.”

Wednesday marked exactly a year since Trump first met Kim in Singapore. It had looked to be a gloomy anniversary given the breakdown in dialogue, but this week’s developments offered a glimmer of hope.

Speaking on a trip to Norway, South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet for a third summit as soon as possible. Trump is due to travel to Seoul later this month, after attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan on June 28-29.

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Kim Yo Jong , who is believed to be around 30, has quickly ascended the political ranks in Pyongyang. Last year, Kim Jong Un promoted her to become But even if the Trump administration is considering talks with the North Korean delegation, it doesn’t mean that the tense standoff over North Korea ’ s

North Korea ' s Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in also vowed to "cease all Without him it would have been a much longer , tougher, process! Kim made an unconventional attempt to break the ice with a comment about his recent missile tests, according to a briefing to

South Korea’s Yonhap state news agency said an inter-Korean summit before Trump’s visit could present a “golden opportunity” to move the talks forward.

Moon said such a meeting would be “desirable” but added that it was up to Kim Jong Un to decide.

South Korean presidential adviser Moon Chung-in told a news conference on Wednesday that Kim’s letter opened a “new possibility” between Washington and Pyongyang.

But several experts were more skeptical, welcoming the shift from military posturing to dialogue but arguing that there was no sign of change in North Korea’s negotiating position.

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un sends his sister and a letter to break the ice with the South after a long silence© Reuters South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, exchange gifts with King Harald of Norway in the Royal Palace in Oslo, June 12, 2019. (NTB Scanpix/Terje Bendiksby via REUTERS)

They said a third Trump-Kim summit without meaningful working-level talks beforehand would raise the risks of another embarrassing failure.

Soo Kim, a policy analyst at the Rand Corp. and former CIA analyst, said North Korea was following a “well-rehearsed playbook,” involving dramatic, inflammatory rhetoric, placing the blame on Washington for the breakdown in talks, missile launches, playing hard to get, and arm-twisting Seoul.

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In North Korea ’ s dynastic system, Kim Jong - un ’s sister , Kim Yo- jong , wields clout that cannot be Kim Jong -il died in 2011, bequeathing power to his third son, Kim Jong - un United States officials fear that after a year of increasingly provocative missile and nuclear tests, Kim Jong - un may be on a

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — When the North Korean leader, Kim Jong - un If that was indeed his intention, he could not have chosen a better emissary than the one he sent : his only sister , Kim Yo- jong , whom news outlets in the South instantly called “ North Korea ’ s Ivanka,” likening her

“Once you have Washington’s attention, simmer down a bit and do something nice enough to once again condition your counterpart to talks — or rather, weaken their resolve and muddy their judgment to be able to discern sincerity,” she said.

“Patently, the letter should not be mistaken for North Korea coming around to a more reasonable position to negotiate. A third summit is unfortunately not going to be the charm for us.”

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