‘Kim-Trump summit unlikely’

Seoul: The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Friday she doesn’t expect her brother to meet President Donald Trump this year, saying there’s no reason for the North to gift Trump high-profile meetings when it’s not being substantially rewarded in return.

But also, you never know, Kim Yo Jong said in a statement released through Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency, where she called for major concessions from Washington to keep alive the nuclear diplomacy. That’s because a surprise thing may still happen, depending upon the judgement and decision between the two top leaders,” Kim Yo Jong said.

She added that if there is a need for summit talks, it is a U.S. need, while for North Korea, it is unpractical and does not serve us at all.

Kim Yo Jong is seen as her brother’s closest confidant and has been recently confirmed as his top official for inter-Korean affairs. She is also the first vice department director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee.

She spoke as the U.S.’s top official on the Koreas is in Asia. (AP)

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