February 28, 2019

In a first for North Korea’s secretive leader, Kim Jong Un takes a question from a foreign journalist

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist John Hudson

In a 20-second exchange on Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did something he’s never had to as the head of the world’s most closed society: Answer a question from a foreign journalist.

The moment came as Kim sat across a wooden table from President Trump during a brief photo opportunity before a closed-door negotiating session in Vietnam over North Korea’s nuclear program. Before reporters were ushered out of the room, The Washington Post’s David Nakamura asked a short, pointed question: “Chairman Kim, are you confident, feeling good about a deal?”

As White House staff tried to whisk reporters out of the room, the young dictator turned around to his interpreter who quickly translated the remark. To the surprise of the throngs of press in attendance, Kim responded to the question and offered a guarded expression of optimism.

Read the full article and more in The Washington Post.

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear ...