As world awaits Singapore summit, North Korean media shows Kim Jong Un touring a fish restaurant


As world awaits Singapore summit, North Korean media shows Kim Jong Un touring a fish restaurant
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President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plan to meet Tuesday in Singapore. (AP Photos) We know this much about Kim Jong Un’s preparation for Tuesday’s summit: He seemed to have enough time to visit a new seafood restaurant in Pyongyang. But if you are looking for greater details into what the North Korean leader may offer in Singapore or what messages he could seek to convey to President Trump, the North Korean state media will offer little help. Since the summit was revived by Trump last week, there has been scant mention about Trump or the meeting in the North’s tightly controlled propaganda outlets. Another curious blank slate: nothing by state-run outlets on the North’s diplomatic mission that helped save the summit. One might think the North would engage in at least a little state-directed congratulations before Kim’s planned arrival in Singapore on Sunday, according to a schedule reported by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. After all, it was clear Kim was eager to meet after Trump called off the Singapore summit on May 24 following some choice barbs from the North, including calling Vice President Pence a “political dummy.” Yet there has been nothing but crickets from the North on the stunning visit to the White House on June 1 by Kim’s personal envoy, Kim Yong Chol. [The more Trump allies said ‘Libya’ and more irate North Korea became] Not so unusual, said Peter Ward, a North Korea researcher at Seoul National University. “I am not overly surprised, to be honest, that they aren’t talking about Trump, given that they have spent the last year and a half trashing him on a daily basis,” said Ward. “It’s a standard North Korean media tactic. When you can’t say anything good but do not want to say anything bad, you say nothing.” It also could reflect a bit of tactical caution by the Kim regime. “The complete lack of coverage of the summit negotiations also implies that they do not want to announce firm and potentially realizable aims or expectations,” Ward added. “The regime is employing a wait-and-see approach to the issue, which makes sense from their point of view.” Still, it’s a serious contrast to the days last year when choice insults — Trump’s “little rocket man” and Kim’s “dotard” — were flying between Washington and Pyongyang during the North’s nuclear and missile tests. Instead, there was this on Saturday: North Korean reports about Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, touring the Pyongyang Daedonggang Seafood Restaurant. The official Korean Central News Agency declared that Kim was pleased, even saying that the eatery was “on par” with another well-known Pyongyang establishment, Okryu-gwan, known for its local-style cold noodles and other Korean dishes. “Another landmark restaurant,” Kim was quoted as saying. The report did not make clear when the visit occurred. And nothing, too, about the summit. There were, however, some note of a preparatory visit to Pyongyang by Singapore’s foreign minister, Vivian Balakrishnan. But it’s

As world awaits Singapore summit, North Korean media shows Kim Jong Un touring a fish restaurant

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