North Koreas Kim Jong Un Says He Will Visit Seoul

North Korea\s Kim Jong Un Says He Will Visit Seoul
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Seoul, South Korea (CNN)North Korea said it would close a key missile test facility in the presence of “international experts” and potentially destroy its primary nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un Wednesday.

Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts. In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing. Hero remains to continue being……..

"We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat," Kim said as he stood by Moons side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying. "The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we cant anticipate. But we arent afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation."

The women who lift N. Korea leader Kim Jong Uns image: sister Kim Yo Jong, wife Ri Sol Ju

….returned home to the United States. Also, North and South Korea will file a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics. Very exciting!

Video: Thousands in Pyongyang, North Korea greet Moon Jae-in

Striding across the airport tarmac with her husband Kim Jong Un, North Koreas first lady greeted South Koreas leaders amid a cheering crowd at Sunan International Airport on Tuesday.

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The televised start to the third inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang placed Ri Sol Ju front-and-center, a role now common for her.

Kim Jong Un has agreed to allow Nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations, and to permanently dismantle a test site and launch pad in the presence of international experts, Trump tweeted late Tuesday evening. In the meantime there will be no Rocket or Nuclear testing.

Her public appearances and the presence of Kims sister, Kim Yo Jong, coincide with his recent and unique favorability in South Korea. The two women, say experts, revamp and remake the young dictators rough image, which reeks from generations of cruel authoritarianism.

Publicizing family members sharply contrasts with the stony, insulate Kim Jong Il, Kims father and the former leader of North Korea. Perhaps it is carefully constructed propaganda, but unlike years past, the Millennial-aged heads of state are delivering a more congenial image to the world.

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Its worked. A July public opinion poll taken by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, an independent think tank in Seoul, showed Kims favorability more than doubled among South Korean people from March to June, when it hit a high mark after his meeting with President Donald Trump.

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The formerly “very unpopular” Trump saw his favorability boost by roughly a third after the meeting, the study stated. 

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Kim Yo Jong, 30, and Ri Sol Ju, believed to be 32, carry part of the “charm offensive,” a string of public relations wins for the Kim regime. His image took a turn in January when Kim, 34, decided to participate in the Olympics. The upswing continued in meetings with South Korea and the United States through the spring and summer. 

The premiere of the latest version of the show, called “The Glorious Country”, earlier this month featured video footage of Moon and Kim together at their first summit in Panmunjom — prompting the unusual sight of tens of thousands of North Koreans applauding images of the Souths president.

The summit with Trump and the hopes of denuclearization, a possible end to the Korean War, and the potential for peace with the U.S. and South Korea, bolstered Kims good standing. But a “major factor” in reversing perceptions, the report said, was Kims upbeat optics.

Afterwards, Moon will attend a performance of the “Mass Games” — North Koreas spectacular propaganda display featuring tens of thousands of performers against an ever-changing backdrop, made up of 17,490 children turning the coloured pages of books in sequence.

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“Hes now put himself out there to be somewhat different and I think it creates some interesting opportunities,” said Jenny Town, a research analyst at the Stimson Center, a Washington, D.C.-based policy research organization. She said it leaves the world with the question: “How do we react to his image?”

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Her role in government is to shape propaganda, from government statements and press coverage to movies, says North Korea expert Michael Madden, a fellow at Stimson, which specializes in North Korea analysis on the website 38 North.

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Kim Yo Jong is one of her brothers closest aides with a role extending outside her department. Shes a diplomatic figure, sitting behind Vice President Mike Pence and wife Karen at the Pyeongchang opening ceremonies and watching a North Korean orchestra with Moon Jae-in. During the June meeting with Trump, shes pictured standing over her brother as the two world leaders signed an agreement promising the not-yet-realized denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Trump himself doesnt shy from using his family in politics, particularly his daughter Ivanka Trump. The first daughter serves as an official advisor who also represents her fathers administration. She too attended the Olympics. 

Madden describes Kim Yo Jong as something of a White House chief of staff, involved in everything from the regimes “nitty gritty” to decision-making: nuclear missile tests, intelligence, foreign policy, her brothers schedule, logistics and security. 

A Joint statement says the two Koreas have agreed to seek to obtain the rights to co-host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

Shes not the first Kim woman to achieve a high rank in North Korean government. Women play very important behind-the-scenes roles in government, often dealing in payments, Madden said. One of the more notables, Kim Jong Ils sister Kim Kyong Hui, is credited with ensuring her nephew succeeded his father.

It says the two leaders have also agreed on a Pyongyang art troupe visiting Seoul for performances in October.

“There is something to be said for the visibility of the wife and the sister because this is really not normal,” Town said. “Taking his wife on these state visits is sort of a new practice, and I think [its] showing he can act like other world leaders.”

The Olympic rings are reflected in a glass as a spectator watches the mixed doubles semi-final curling match between Canada and Norway at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Feb. 12, 2018.  (Associated Press)

Ri Sol Ju is also a critical part of North Korea leadership playing a “serious first lady role,” Madden said. The former singer who married Kim sometime in 2009 or 2010 appears beside her husband during tours of cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical factories. More recently, she appeared at a fish-pickling factory, where the leader sported a floppy straw hat. Madden suggests such presentations are meant to convey her advisory role in such areas.

The fact shes mentioned and makes an appearance makes her “drastically different” from the wives of Kims father and grandfather, ex-North Korea leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, Madden said. 

A successful bid by the Koreas would mark the second time South Korea hosted or co-hosted the Summer Games, the first being 1988 in Seoul. South Korea also hosted the Pyeongchang Winter Games in February.

“He seems to understand what the Western culture is,” said Dr. Kim Ji Yoon, senior research fellow at Asan. “Hes kind of a new generation of North Korea.”

The International Olympic Committee traditionally does not announce host cities until seven years ahead of the games. That would give the Koreas until 2025 to put together a joint bid.

“Hes not that secluded or reclusive leader even though hes living in that kind of environment,” she said. “That gives them hope for the Korea people that maybe hes different.”

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol inked the agreement in Pyongyang, which is part of efforts to enforce the two Koreas April summit agreement to halt “all hostile acts” against each other and “practically eliminate the danger of war.”   The agreement came shortly after a summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

When you judge some man, you usually look at his wife and his brother and his sisters,” said Chung In Moon, a special advisor to South Korean President Moon Jae In.

Before the summmit, the two sides had a series of talks over a range of proposals, such as withdrawing border guard posts on a trial basis, carrying out a joint project to excavate Korean War remains in the Demilitarized Zone and disarming the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom.

He recounted how Kim made the off-brand decision to bring his sister to the first of this years summits between the two Koreas.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo and his North Korean counterpart, No Kwang-chol, sign an agreement on reducing tensions in Pyongyang on Sept. 19, 2018, in this photo captured from a screen at the press center in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Theres no doubt the influence and appearance of Ri Sol Ju and Kim Yo Jong positively affects Kims image outside North Korea.

SEOUL/PYONGYANG, Sept. 19 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) — The defense chiefs of the two Koreas on Wednesday signed a comprehensive military agreement intended to reduce tensions and prevent accidental clashes.

“You hear a lot less of the stories now that are harping on the human rights angle, you hear a lot less of the insults,” Town said. “This really helps him look like a person and helps people see him as a person rather than this caricature of what they think, this mad man, this despot.”

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Appearances being what they are, there is still hesitancy to accept Kim as the embodiment of a new North Korea. 

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Goodwill gained could be lost with the next provocation, Ji Yoon said. Since Kim promised Trump denuclearization, progress stalled amid quibbling between the U.S. and North Korea over specifics of the supposed nuclear draw-down. Then the International Automatic Energy Agency, a United Nations watchdog, reported in August that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear program. 

Instead, be frank about the fact is that denuclearization is process, a process that is more about reducing the risk of nuclear war than it is about eliminating nuclear weapons. And while wed all like to ban the bomb, we should not be embarrassed to settle for merely avoiding nuclear holocaust. I mean, I want to live long enough to write another novel. And weve got those kids, three for you and three for me. Getting North Korea to stop testing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles was nothing to sneeze at—not only did it resolve a political irritant, but more tests would also have resulted in more reliable North Korean military capabilities. Moreover, the United States has other interests short of disarmament, such as stopping North Koreas export of ballistic missiles and making sure it never again sells a covert nuclear reactor as it did to Syria. There are lots of things that would make the world a safer place if only we focus less on persuading Kim Jong Un to disarm. So if there is one thing that you, Steve Biegun, can do, it is to define success within the denuclearization process short of actual disarmament.

Looming are North Koreas well-known human rights abuses, which include public executions, starvation and labor camps. Despite Ri Sol Ju and Kim Yo Jongs statuses, North Korean women face discrimination in all parts of society, including persistent sexual and gender-based violence, said a damning 2014 report by the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Women account for just 10 percent of central government employees and 5 percent of top political positions, the report said.

Chung In Moon, who spoke to USA TODAY with the help of the Korea Press Foundation and the East-West Center, supports leaving the human rights issue aside in pursuit of peace. He argues attacking North Korea on its human rights record hinders negotiations.

What Kim is offering is not disarmament—but rather something more along the lines of the deal that Israel has. Israel, of course, has nuclear weapons. As an active holder of a security clearance, Steve, you are forbidden from acknowledging this. Blink twice if you are following me. OK, great. Now, everyone knows Israel has nuclear weapons. But Israel does not publicly acknowledge this fact. This was, in fact, the deal that Golda Meir struck with Richard Nixon. If Israel did not mention its bomb in the basement, neither would the United States. This arrangement is called opacity or ambiguity, although thats a misleading term. After all, there is no ambiguity about whether Israel has nuclear weapons. A better analogy is some skeleton in the family closet that everyone knows about but no one mentions over Thanksgiving dinner to keep the peace. What we are really talking about is a polite fiction, one that allows diplomats to avoid raising the issue.

Demonization is a moral judgment. Demons do not compromise, he said. “Once President Trump got rid of that stereotype he could meet Kim Jong Un.”

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Obama, notes Kim Ji Yoon, enjoyed popularity in South Korea, but Trump got off to an ugly start. In 2017, Kim threatened his weapons could reach U.S. mainland. Trump attacked the North Korean leader and his regime over, nicknaming Kim “Little Rocket Man” and saying hed “totally destroy” North Korea. Kim called Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and a “frightened dog.”

Tempers cooled since as the two exchange diplomatic niceties. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Kim requested another summit with Trump and sent him a “very warm, very positive letter.

Aside from earning a seat at the negotiating table, goading Kims popularity may keep him on his best behavior.

If you start to highlight some of the good things that are happening in North Korea, and he starts to get publicity, it helps his credibility over time both internally and externally,” Town explained, “but it also will create the pressures to keep that momentum going.”

Perceptions aside, there is movement. This weeks summit has hopes of peace-building. Later this month, Moon Jae In and Trump plan to meet during the U.N. General Assembly. 

“We dont really know whats going to happen in the next five years,” said Ji Yoon. “Maybe North Korea is real this time, but maybe its another kind of deception.”


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