Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Son Says Missile May Be Chance for North Korea Talks

The youngest son of former President Kim Dae Jung is one of just a few South Koreans to have met Kim Jong Un. He hopes a second meeting isn’t far away.

Six years ago, Kim Hong-gul chatted with the current North Korean leader as part of a visiting delegation attending the funeral of late dictator Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. He’s now looking for another encounter after he becomes head of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, a non-profit group that promotes exchanges between two Koreas.

In a Dec. 1 interview, Kim Hong-gul said that a new era of reconciliation might be possible after North Korea declared that it completed its nuclear force. Kim Jong Un made the announcement following the launch of a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile with improved technology that he said can deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere in the U.S.

“It could be a flare signaling the start of the negotiations,” said Kim Hong-gul, who is tapped to take on the position next month. “On completion, Kim wouldn’t need to test missiles anymore, so he could suggest a conversation with the South and the U.S., possibly in his New Year speech,

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