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World Kim's sister slams US, dismisses chance for talks to resume

07:50  22 june  2021
07:50  22 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dismissed prospects for early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying Tuesday the U.S. expectations for talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.”

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, waits for the start of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. The powerful sister dismissed prospects for early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying the U.S. expectations for talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.” Kim made the comments Tuesday, June 22, 2021 after U.S. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan described as “interesting signals” Kim Jong Un’s recent statement that North Korea will be ready for both dialogue and confrontation, but more for confrontation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, waits for the start of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. The powerful sister dismissed prospects for early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying the U.S. expectations for talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.” Kim made the comments Tuesday, June 22, 2021 after U.S. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan described as “interesting signals” Kim Jong Un’s recent statement that North Korea will be ready for both dialogue and confrontation, but more for confrontation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young during their meeting to discuss issues concerning North Korea, at the unification ministry, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Seoul, South Korea. Kim said he looks forward to Pyongyang giving a © Provided by Associated Press U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young during their meeting to discuss issues concerning North Korea, at the unification ministry, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Seoul, South Korea. Kim said he looks forward to Pyongyang giving a "positive response soon" to Washington's dialogue offer, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent remarks that Pyongyang should be ready for both dialogue and confrontation. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

Kim Yo Jong issued the statement after U.S. National Security adviser Jake Sullivan described as “interesting signals” her brother’s recent statement that North Korea must be ready for both dialogue and confrontation, but more for confrontation.

North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US

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“A Korean proverb says that ‘In a dream, what counts most is to read it, not to have it.’ It seems that the U.S. may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself,” Kim Yo Jong said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

“The expectation, which they chose to harbor the wrong way, would plunge them into a greater disappointment,” she said.

Her statement came as the top U.S. envoy on North Korea affairs, Sung Kim, is visiting South Korea. Sung Kim said Monday he hoped to see a positive reaction from the North soon on U.S. offers for talks though he said U.S.-led sanctions on North Korea will stay in place.

During a major ruling party meeting last week, Kim Jong Un analyzed the Biden administration’s North Korea policy and ordered officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation, “especially to get fully prepared for confrontation,” to protect national security and dignity, according to state media.

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But Kim’s publicized comments didn’t include any harsh rhetoric against Washington and Seoul, an omission that prompted conflicting analyses among outside experts. Some said Kim Jong Un hinted he planned to apply more pressure on the United States to ease its policy on the North, while others argued he was emphasizing the possible resumption of talks.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, and South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young acknowledge one another during their meeting to discuss issues concerning North Korea, at the unification ministry, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Seoul, South Korea. Kim said he looks forward to Pyongyang giving a © Provided by Associated Press U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, and South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young acknowledge one another during their meeting to discuss issues concerning North Korea, at the unification ministry, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Seoul, South Korea. Kim said he looks forward to Pyongyang giving a "positive response soon" to Washington's dialogue offer, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent remarks that Pyongyang should be ready for both dialogue and confrontation. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

During an interview with ABC News, Sullivan said that “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.”

North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with U.S.

  North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with U.S. The statement comes days after the United States and others urged the North to abandon its nuclear program and return to talks. © KRT via AP North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's statement indicates he’ll likely push to strengthen his nuclear arsenal and increase pressure on Washington to give up what North Korea considers a hostile policy toward the North. Kim’s statement indicates he’ll likely push to strengthen his nuclear arsenal and increase pressure on Washington to give up what North Korea considers a hostile policy toward the North, though he’ll also prepare for talks to resume, some experts say.

In recent months, the North Korean leader has threatened to bolster his nuclear deterrent and claimed that the fate of diplomacy and bilateral relations depends on whether Washington abandons what he calls hostile policies, in an apparent reference to the sanctions and regular U.S. military drills with South Korea.

U.S. officials have suggested Biden would take the middle ground between Trump’s direct dealings with Kim and President Barack Obama’s policy of “strategic patience.” But some experts say the Biden administration would ease not any sanctions before the North takes concrete steps toward denuclearization.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, and South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young discuss issues concerning North Korea, at the unification ministry, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Seoul, South Korea. Kim said he looks forward to Pyongyang giving a © Provided by Associated Press U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, left, and South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young discuss issues concerning North Korea, at the unification ministry, Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Seoul, South Korea. Kim said he looks forward to Pyongyang giving a "positive response soon" to Washington's dialogue offer, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent remarks that Pyongyang should be ready for both dialogue and confrontation. (Chung Sung-Jun/Pool Photo via AP)

The U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at striping North Korea of its nuclear program has since February 2019, when the Americans rejected the North Koreans’ demands for major sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of their nuclear capabilities during a summit between Kim and then-President Donald Trump.

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Associated Press writer Kim Tong-hyung contributed to this report.

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.

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