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It's up to North Korea

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By Tong Kim

Recently, we have heard a flurry of discussions about the possibility of resuming negotiations or holding another summit between the United States and North Korea. It would be safe to conclude at this point that despite positive statements from Washington seeking dialogue with Pyongyang, a fourth summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un is unlikely to take place before the U.S. elections.

Trump will not be prepared to accept Kim's demand to "withdraw U.S. hostile policy," the scope of which is so vast and vague that it amounts to anything that the North wants to gain from negotiations.

To discuss Pyongyang's demand, an acceptable definition of "U.S. hostile policy" is required. The North has had a long list of grievances that allegedly stem from this policy, ranging from sanctions, U.S. military exercises to U.S. policy on human rights and religious freedom, and calling the North a rogue state.

For any bilateral meeting to take place, both sides must agree to meet in the first place. Kim Yo-jong, the second most powerful person in Pyongyang, articulated her "personal opinion" in a lengthy statement of 3,500 words, July 10, regarding the reasons why the North did not want to hold another........

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