North Korea's Kim ready for third summit with Trump

16 April, 2019, 02:35 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Kim Jong-un addresses the Supreme People's Assembly

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to a third summit with US President Donald Trump but that failure to reach mutually acceptable terms risked reviving tensions, state media KCNA said on Friday.

"If the United States adopts a correct posture and comes to the third DPRK-U.S. summit with a certain methodology that can be shared with us, we can think of holding one more (round of) talks", Kim said.

"Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue", Moon's office said in a Saturday statement. While Mr Kim hailed his relationship with Mr Trump, he also said the USA has been making unilateral demands and should abandon that approach.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the start of the summit meeting in Hanoi on February 28.

In his most recent comments, reported by KCNA, Mr Kim said the summit had created a "strong doubt" in him over whether the United States genuinely wanted to improve relations.

He also said, "I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate".

The relationship between the two nuclear superpowers were further strained after Chairman Kim questioned the true intentions of the US.

Kim said he would wait until the end of the year "for the USA to make a courageous decision" on another meeting, state media reported, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down and both sides left without agreement.

Last month, a senior North Korean official warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests in place since 2017 unless Washington makes concessions such as easing sanctions.

The United States and North Korea have accused each other of causing the Hanoi summit's breakdown.

He said the North would not compromise on the "fundamental interests of our country and people, even by a speck", and blamed the United States for arriving in Hanoi with "completely unrealisable plans".

He also set the USA a deadline of "until the end of this year" to demonstrate that new talks could be more productive.

Last month, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui accused the U.S. of taking a "gangster-like" stance and said they had thrown away a "golden opportunity" in Hanoi. Andy Kim of New Jersey and Ro Khanna of California - sent the letter on Thursday as Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House.

Mr Kim's year-end deadline probably reflects his desire to gain an edge in negotiations before Mr Trump turns his focus toward next year's presidential election, according to Mr Shin Beomchul, director at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies' Center for Security and Unification.

Kim Yong-chol was considered a controversial choice for point man because he is held responsible for North Korea's attack on the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010.

According to the KCNA, Kim dismissed the need for "preoccupation with the summit with the US due to a thirst for the lifting of sanctions".

"It is essential for the quit its current calculation method and approach us with a new one", Kim was quoted as saying during a speech to the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's rubber-stamp legislature.



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