North Korean leader's sister: Another summit will only benefit the US

Sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says another summit between her brother and US President may not happen this year.

Elad Benari ,

Kim Yo Jong
Kim Yo Jong

Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Thursday another summit with the United States would only be useful for Washington at this point, but added that her country had no intention of “threatening the US”.

Kim said that in her personal opinion, another summit between her brother and US President Donald Trump might not happen this year “but we never know,” Reuters reported, citing North Korea’s official news agency KCNA.

The comments came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday he was “very hopeful” about resuming talks with North Korea and appeared to leave open the possibility of another summit between the countries’ leaders.

Kim and Trump met in Hanoi last year for a summit that left nuclear talks at a standstill.

The pair had met three times since June 2018 but made little progress towards denuclearization.

Since those talks broke down, North Korea has conducted several tests of ballistic missiles.

Earlier this week, a senior North Korean official said his country has no intention to sit down with the United States.

Kim Yo Jong’s comments came a day after the US point man for North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, wrapped up a three-day visit to Seoul where he rejected speculation he was seeking to meet North Korean officials during his trip, but said the United States was open to talks.

She reiterated Pyongyang’s objections to what it sees as hostile and self-serving policies by the United States, including continuing to impose sanctions.

“We are not saying we will never denuclearize, but we are making it clear that we cannot do it now,” Kim Yo Jong said.

“We have no intention of threatening the US,” she said. “As long as they don’t touch us and hurt us, everything will flow as is.”