WASHINGTON - Walking through the Korean War Memorial in Washington, Grace Jo remembers a pivotal point in her childhood in North Korea, what she calls "the almost dying moment."
On the brink of starvation, she and her brother burned so hot with fever that they could only find relief on the cold concrete floor of their home in rural North Korea.
Another time they were so hungry, Jo said, that they ate six newborn mice found under a stone.
Memories like those keep the 26-year-old Jo from placing much faith in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's bid for peace talks after years of threatening his neighbours and the United States with his nuclear arsenal.
He will meet with President Donald Trump on June 12 in Singapore in the first-ever summit between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.