Published: Fri, July 10, 2020

'No need' for another US-N Korea summit - Kim's sister

'No need' for another US-N Korea summit - Kim's sister

"We are not saying we are not going to denuclearize, but that we can not denuclearize now", she said, calling on the take "major steps" and to drop its "hostile policy" toward the DPRK. "Everything will go smoothly if they leave us alone and make no provocation on us", she said.

"We do not have the slightest intention to pose a threat to the US".

FILE - Kim Yo Jong attends a ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam, March 2, 2019.

Kim Yo Jong's statement was only her personal view, she said, but the lengthy declaration appeared meant to send multiple messages.

"I understand they want to meet, and we would certainly do that", Trump said Tuesday in an interview with Gray TV.

North Korea's state news agency on Wednesday didn't issue any fresh statements on the United States.

Some analysts believe North Korea will also avoid serious talks with the Americans for now and instead focus on pressuring the South in a bid to increase its bargaining power before an eventual return to negotiations after the USA presidential election in November.

But Pyongyang "cannot accept" a summit with Washington this year even if the United States hopes for one, as it is "time-consuming" for Kim Jong Un to sit face-to-face with American people who are too afraid to grapple with new challenges, she said.

At their first-ever summit in June 2018 in Singapore, Trump promised Kim Jong Un that Washington would provide security guarantees to Pyongyang in return for "complete" denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

FILE - This photo, taken December 18, 2007, and released June 27, 2008, by the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, shows the cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear complex near Pyongyang, North Korea. "When Ankit Panda asked me if we knew about a site near someplace called Wollo-ri that was involved in making nuclear weapons, it all clicked", Lewis was quoted as saying by CNN.

Biegun has led working-level talks with North Korea but the negotiations have been stalled since the two sides last met in Sweden in October.

"We're very hopeful that we can continue to have this conversation, whether that's at levels beneath the summit, or if it's appropriate and there is a useful activity to take place, to have senior leaders get back together as well", Pompeo told reporters in Washington when asked whether another summit is possible before the USA presidential election in November.

The "new North Korean nuclear facility" story comes just days after the Pyongyang announced that the nation has no intention of holding any more talks with the United States any time soon.

Along with Choe, Biegun was referring to President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, who in his recently released memoir accused him of pursuing an "unhealthy negotiation path" by demonstrating a willingness to negotiate a step-by-step deal advocated by North Korea.

Diplomatic observers have expressed concern over differences between the US and South Korean approaches toward Pyongyang. "We will only end up losing time again", Kim warned, adding that another unsuccessful meeting would only impair "the special relations" between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim.

In June, North Korea shut off all lines of communication with "enemy" South Korea.

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