Kim slams USA diplomacy, but is open to 3rd Trump summit

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 16, 2019

He said he was open to discussing smaller steps, such as helping to ease North Korea's humanitarian problems, but that, in general, the USA wants sanctions to remain.

Kim, while stressing the importance of solving problems through dialogue and negotiations, also underlined that he does not accept "the American style of dialogue" which imposes the United States' unilateral demands upon its dialogue partner.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to another summit with President Donald Trump - as long as the United States makes changes since the leaders' last meeting.

"Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialog and help negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea resume at an early date", Mr Moon's office said in a text message.

Mr Kim has signed vague statements calling for the "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula in his meetings with Mr Trump and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in.

President Trump tweeted about a possible third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday and said the country has "tremendous potential for. extraordinary growth, economic success and riches" under his leadership. "We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the United States to come up with a courageous decision".

The remarks were clearly aimed at Washington, and they come weeks after a second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi that ended abruptly with no progress toward the US goal of ending North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The North's leader's continued emphasis on "self-reliance" has aggravated concerns that Pyongyang would continue its defiant stance - or revert to a provocative tack - with the growing nuclear program, no matter how heavily the crippling sanctions weigh on its moribund economy. Moon and Trump had also met in Washington on Thursday, where both made conciliatory statements toward North Korea. "(North Korea) to its knees".

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.

"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.

North Korean officials have traditionally insisted that denuclearization means the USA reducing or eliminating its security commitment to South Korea, including removing nuclear-capable assets from the region.

On Friday, KCNA reported Kim was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the North's most important decision-making body, to cheers and loud applause from the delegates.

Moon, for his part, has called for an easing of sanctions, including those holding back joint economic projects between North and South Korea.

In the months since Hanoi, there have been no known follow-up negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang. "The big deal is we have to get rid of nuclear weapons".

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