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[The Korea Times] Frontal Breakthrough and Chairman Kim’s Perilous Odyssey

  • AUTHORChung-in MOON, (https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2020/01/197_281563.html)
  • Jan 8, 2020

 By Moon Chung-in

 

A Dec. 31 deadline passed without Pyongyang delivering to the United States its threatened "Christmas gift" if Washington didn't alter its stance on sanctions and negotiations before the end of the year.

 

A sigh of relief, although temporary, could be heard. All eyes then turned to what North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un would say in his traditional New Year address. But the address didn't come forth. Instead, a written report was released on the decisions reached at the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party, which took place in the days leading up to Jan. 1. It revealed both good and bad news.

 

The good news was that Pyongyang did not burn its bridges with Washington completely. Despite some critical remarks about the U.S., it hinted at the possibility of talks, if its demand that the U.S. drop its hostile policy was met....