World White House says comments by N.Korea's Kim are 'interesting signal'
Kim Jong Un Health Problems Unlikely Amid Weight Loss Speculation, South Korean Analyst Says
"If he was experiencing health problems, he wouldn't have come out in public to convene the plenary meeting of the Workers' Party's Central Committee,"Hong Min, a senior analyst at Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification, said.This has led to speculation about the state of his health, especially since Kim has not publically appointed a successor to take over if he is incapacitated.
(Reuters) -The United States on Sunday said it saw as an "interesting signal" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's comments this week saying he is ready for "dialogue and confrontation" but that Washington was still waiting for direct communication from Pyongyang to start talks towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
"His comments this week we regard as an interesting signal and we will wait to see whether they are followed up with any kind of more direct communication to us about a potential path forward," U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in an ABC News interview.
In North Korea a packet of coffee costs $100, and that's a problem for Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has bigger problems than the United States right now. He needs to feed his people, and his options are not good. © Provided by CNN US President Joe Biden and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un both face domestic concerns. The ruler of the secretive, hereditary communist dictatorship opened an important political meeting on Tuesday acknowledging the grim situation his country now faces. North Korea's food supply is strained and "getting tense," Kim said, according to the country's state-run newswire, KCNA.
"What President Biden has communicated is that the United States is prepared to engage in principled negotiations with North Korea to deal with the challenge of North Korea's nuclear program towards the ultimate objective of the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Sullivan said in the interview.
Kim ordered his government to prepare for "both dialogue and confrontation" with the United States, state news media reported on Friday, in his first reaction to the Biden administration’s new North Korea policy.
(Reporting by Jan Wolfe and Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
Kim Jong Un's sister says US faces 'greater disappointment' if it wants to resume talks with North Korea .
Kim Yo Jong dismissed restarting talks with the US, saying it was taking her brother's comments "the wrong way."Kim Yo Jong, a powerful member of the North Korean ruling party, said in a statement on Tuesday that the US expectation of reigniting dialogue with Pyongyang "would plunge them into greater disappointment," reported Reuters.