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Kim Jong-un’s sister issues stern warning to US with odd North Korean proverb

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The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said the United States' expectations are "wrong" after Jake Sullivan, the U.S. National Security Adviser, called Kim's comments about dialogue between the two countries an "interesting signal".

Kim Yo-jong made the statement a day after the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, said the U.S. had offered to meet with the totalitarian country "anywhere, anytime without pre-conditions".

Kim Jong-un's sister said in response: "I heard the news that the U.S. National Security Advisor had mentioned that he regards the position towards the U.S. as an 'interesting signal.'

"A Korean proverb says that 'In a dream, what counts most is to read it, not to have it'," she said.

"It seems that the U.S. may interpret the situation in such a way as to seek a comfort for itself. The expectation, which they chose to harbour the wrong way, would plunge them into a greater disappointment."

At a meeting of the ruling party in North Korea, the Workers' Party, Kim Jong-un said the country should be prepared for both 'dialogue and confrontation' with the U.S. and stressed the importance of stably controlling the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

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In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan called Kim's comments an "interesting signal" and said the U.S. will "wait to see whether they are followed up with any kind of more direct communication to us about a potential path forward."

On Monday, the U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, called for the country to return to talks.

He said: "We continue to hope that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) will respond positively to our outreach and our offer to meet anywhere, anytime without pre-conditions."

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Experts have said that Kim Yo-jong's statement should not be perceived as a rejection of U.S. proposals for dialogue with North Korea, but instead a 'demand' that the U.S. government comes up with more incentives for the independent state to negotiate with them.

"I don't think that the statement represents a rejection of dialogue offers," Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, said.

"It should rather be seen as demanding more concrete and genuine reasons that could justify its return to dialogue than just making such vague proposals for a meeting without pre-conditions," he added.

Nuclear talks between the U.S. and the North have remained stalled since the Hanoi summit between then U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim in 2019 ended without a deal.

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