Kim Jong Un holds military meeting amid debate on cutting diplomacy with US

by Editorial Team

Kim Jong Un convened a meeting Sunday with members of a key ruling party to debate the best method to bolster the regime’s military capabilities, his government spokesperson said.

The North Korean leader presided over a meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The gathering took place amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the US, as the rogue nation has begun staging “very important” nuclear tests and saying publicly that denuclearization is off the table in peace talks.

The meeting focused on “important military issues and measures for organizing or expanding and reorganizing new units,” as well as “changing the affiliation of some units and changing deployment of [others],” KCNA reported.

Negotiations between Pyongyang and the White House have stalled in recent months, and a third summit between President Trump and the supreme leader has not been discussed or scheduled.

Trump cut short a summit between the two in February after rejecting North Korea’s offer to partially surrender its nuclear capabilities in exchange for the complete relief of sanctions.

Earlier this month, a foreign minister to the dictator said it was “entirely up to the US what Christmas gift it will select,” as it attempted to ramp up pressure on Washington to restart negotiations.

Kim’s negotiating team has threatened to suspend talks entirely if the White House does not offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal before their self-imposed end-of-year deadline.

The North Korean leader has gone as far as to conduct a long-range missile test in recent weeks at a nuclear site that he had promised Trump he would shut down after their June 2018 Singapore summit, prompting Trump to issue a terse warning.


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