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Friday, 10 July 2020 17:50 WIB

North Korea says the chances are low for another summit with the United States, after President Donald Trump this week said he is open to meeting again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, said another summit would "not be useful to us" unless the U.S. changes its approach to stalled nuclear talks, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Friday. "It is my personal opinion, but a summit between the U.S. and North Korea will not take place this year, said Kim Yo Jong, who has recently taken on a more prominent leadership role in...

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