North Korea makes diplomat Choe Son Hui its 1st female foreign minister

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      North Korea makes diplomat Choe Son Hui its 1st female foreign minister
      KYODO NEWS KYODO NEWS – 19 hours ago – 09:36

      North Korea named Choe Son Hui as the nation’s first female foreign minister, state-run media reported Saturday, amid speculation the country may soon carry out its seventh nuclear test.

      Choe, a senior diplomat and close aide to leader Kim Jong Un, has long handled nuclear weapons issues and North Korea’s negotiations with the United States. Direct talks on denuclearization and sanctions relief between the two nations have been at a standstill for more than two years.

      The appointment was made at an enlarged plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, chaired by Kim. The gathering was held for two days through Friday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

      In 2020, Ri Son Gwon, a former military officer and head of the government’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, became foreign minister, replacing Ri Yong Ho.

      This is another possibly positive sign coming from North Korea. Ri Son-gwon is a hardliner. Glad he’s out as FM. My lasting impression of Choe Son-hui is her chasing Donald Trump down the hallway after he walked out of talks in Singapore after letting John Bolton sand bag the negotiations. To me its obvious the North wants to negotiate, but they need more than empty platitudes about being open to negotiations from the US, when its pretty obvious they aren’t. The US establishment is pleased about the return of hardliners now in Seoul in the form of pro-Japanese Yoon Seok-yeol administration. The Japanese aren’t going to be constructive here either. Japan needs Korea perpetually divided, and additionally the North Korean nuclear threat provides a rationale for “arming up” they can use to respond to Chinese objections. It’s solely on the US here to come up with a plan, and the US probably won’t, because the way the US side views this is that they finally have a “breakthrough” in poor South Korean- Japanese relations in the form of the compliant, pro-Japanese President Yoon Seok-yeol. Also there are newly expanded US South Korean military exercises, reintroduction of US strategic forces to the region, a prime minister in Japan that says he wants to rearm, etc. Why mess with a situation, when it is from the point of view of Biden’s advisers, State Dept., and the Pentagon, as good as it gets?

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