North Korean Leader Believes Summit with Putin Will Bear 'Rich Fruit'

Saul Bowman
June 15, 2019

North Korea's state-run Korean Central Television (KCTV) re-aired the official documentary of leader Kim Jong Un's June 12, 2018 summit with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the event.

"I think that something will happen that's going to be very positive", he told reporters at the White House, but gave no details.

Topics at the meeting included this week's letter from the North Korean leader to the USA president, according to Yonhap.

But that same month, North Korea accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of making "gangster-like" demands during a visit to Pyongyang.

Following Trump's summit with Kim in Vietnam that concluded in February without an agreement, North Korea has launched short-range missiles and halted negotiations with American diplomats. Kim Jong-nam was accosted at the airport by two women, one of whom smeared a poison, said to be VX, across his face.

Lee also said the decision "not to air re-runs of documentaries on Kim's first and second summit meetings with Xi and Moon highlights the importance Pyongyang attaches to DPRK-U.S. relations".

Responsibility for that murder has been laid directly at the feet of Kim Jong-un, and yesterday The Wall Street Journal reported on what may have been the motive for the murder.

Lee died in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on Monday. Beijing may well have been cultivating Kim Jong-nam as a potential replacement.

But there has been little progress since then and tension has again been rising with North Korea resuming some limited testing of weapons and warning of "truly undesired consequences" if the United States was not more flexible.

North Korea has been seeking to strengthen ties with its neighboring countries, including China and Russian Federation, apparently in a bid to secure support amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

US officials have said contact between the two sides has been severely limited since the summit's collapse. "But Kim Jong Nam provided information to them, usually meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia".

Meanwhile, US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun held a closed-door meeting Wednesday with envoys from the 15 Security Council member nations at the US mission to the UN and discussed recent developments involving North Korea.

It cited several unnamed former USA officials as saying that Kim had no power base in Pyongyang and little knowledge of the regime's inner workings.

-North Korea summit in Singapore to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, easing fears of war between their countries. The North briefly pulled out of the liaison office where planned weekly talks have not taken place since the failed North Korean-U.S. summit in February.

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