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North Korea Still Hasn't Confirmed Any Summit

No public statements yet from Pyongyang amid conflicting US statements on conditions
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2018 7:57 AM CDT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at parade in Pyongyang, North Korea.   (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

(Newser) – President Trump last week made the surprise announcement that he would meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, but the BBC takes note of one thing noticeably missing in the days since: confirmation from Pyongyang. Yes, the idea for the meeting reportedly came from Kim himself, and was delivered by South Korean envoys visiting the US, but the North still has not made any public utterance about a summit. "We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-US summit," says a spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Unification. "I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organize their stance."

  • Ambiguity: Confusion remains over whether the North has agreed to concessions ahead of the meeting. The Guardian takes note of a difference in semantics: On Sunday, deputy White House spokesperson Rah Shah said the meeting was taking place because Kim made a "commitment to denuclearization," while CIA chief Mike Pompeo said Kim had agreed only "to have a conversation about denuclearization."

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