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North Korea’s Foreign Minister, or Even Kim Jong-un May Address UN General Assembly

Aug. 1, 2018 (EIRNS)—South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported today that a ministerial level North Korean official will be addressing the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Sept. 29. The report, pointing to the UN Public Information Department’s provisional list of speakers, said the official could be North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho.

The Yonhap report indicated that there is a possibility that North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un will come to New York and address the UNGA, if Pyongyang’s talks with Seoul and Washington proceed well in the meantime. U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the UNGA on Sept. 27. A July 26 article in the Korean Herald had cited Cho Han-bum, a senior researcher at Seoul’s Korean Institute for National Unification, saying Kim’s appearance at the UN is a distinct possibility.

Yonhap also reported that South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha arrived in Singapore today for talks with North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri, and for this week’s ASEAN meetings, including the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which will the United States and North Korea with also attend. Yonhap writes, “There’s a possibility of Kang holding trilateral talks with the North’s [foreign] minister and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

The Korea Herald quoted Foreign Minister Kang saying last month that she “cannot rule out the possibility” of a trilateral summit between the two Koreas and the U.S. during the UNGA, while former UN Korea Forces Commander Gen. Walter Sharp (U.S. Army, ret.) had said earlier that a second U.S.-North Korea summit may take place.

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