Kim Sent Message to Trump on North Korea Nuclear Talks

Kim seeks more inter-Korean summits in 2019

Details are still scant, but North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly sent a “conciliatory message” to President Trump on the subject of the nuclear talks. Officials have yet to discuss what the message exactly said.

With limited negotiations having been made between the US and North Korea in recent months, it makes sense that Kim would be trying to cut through the bureaucracy with direct leader-to-leader communications.

One thing North Korea is being a bit more direct on is wanting more summits between Kim and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. South Korea’s Blue House has confirmed that Kim has told them he wants multiple high-level meetings to work toward denuclearization.

For Kim, working with South Korea has been a lot more productive than working with the US. Though he and Trump got along well enough, the US has refused any sanctions relief following the effort, and has actually escalated US sanctions and threats against the north even as Trump praises them for advances toward meeting US demands.

Author: Jason Ditz

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