Kim Jong-un open to third Trump summit 'with the right attitude'

Lester Mason
April 16, 2019

In a Friday speech, he said he will wait "with patience till the end of this year" for signs that the USA will bend on sanctions - Kim's precondition for another meeting with Trump.

In Hanoi, the USA came "to the talks only racking its brain to find ways that are absolutely impracticable" and did "not really ready itself to sit with us face-to-face and settle the problem", Kim said.

Mr Kim said the United States had been refusing to withdraw what the North perceived as "hostile policies" while sticking to "mistaken judgment that we would succumb to maximum pressure".

Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where the pair signed a vaguely-worded agreement on the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

"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.

Kim said the United States "is further escalating the hostility to us with each passing day despite its suggestion for settling the issue through dialogue".

Kim said he will wait "till the end of this year" for the United States to decide to be more flexible, according to KCNA.

Trump this week said he is considering another meeting with Kim, but insisted the US will not relax sanctions until North Korea gives up its nuclear arsenal.

"Kim Yong Chol, the North's top nuclear negotiator, also has been sanctioned by Washington since 2010", Ahn Chan-il, the president of the World Institute for North Korea Studies in Seoul, told AFP.

North Korea's external-oriented media outlets repeatedly in March dismissed Seoul's "presumptuous" plans to mediate DPRK-U.S. nuclear talks, and Kim's decision to so directly condemn the South Korean government this week is notable.

Kim complained that Washington is coercing South Korea into abiding by sanctions and not pushing forward with inter-Korea projects.

President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Washington. "(North Korea) to its knees".

The two leaders met for the first time in Singapore past year.

"He recognizes the benefits of continuing diplomatic action, especially for potential sanctions relief, but wants to put the burden of the action on the United States", Oba says.

Moon is reportedly seeking to hold another summit soon with Kim, possibly to lay the groundwork for a third meeting of the USA and North Korean leaders.

In an expected move, KCNA also reported that Kim Jong Un has been re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission.

"By that sort of thinking, the USA will not be able to move us one iota even if they sat with us a hundred, thousand times, and will not be able to get what it wants at all", he said.

"The South should not act as an "overstepping mediator" or a "facilitator" and should rather get its mind straight as a member of the (Korean) nation and boldly speak up for the interest of the nation", Kim said. But Trump said he is still looking for a wide-ranging agreement under which North Korea commits to completely dismantling its nuclear weapons.

Trump walked away from making a deal with Kim at their meeting in late February.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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