NK leader expresses willingness to hold 3rd summit with Trump

NK leader expresses willingness to hold 3rd summit with Trump

NK leader expresses willingness to hold 3rd summit with Trump

Another signal taken from the North Korean reshuffle is that North Korea's senior diplomat to the United States, Choe Son-hui, was promoted to vice foreign minister and may inherit numerous diplomatic responsibilities formerly held by General Kim Yong-chol.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Trump in Washington on Thursday in a bid to keep the dialogue alive, and the presidential Blue House said in a statement Saturday it would "do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue, and help negotiations between the USA and North Korea resume at an early date".

Following the stand-off the North Korean leader blamed the U.S. president and insisted he was "not really ready to sit with us face-to-face and solve the problem". "But US-style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it", Mr Kim said during a speech to the North Korean Parliament.

"Anyway, we will wait for a bold decision from the USA with patience till the end of this year", he said, "but I think it will definitely be hard to get such a good opportunity as the previous summit".

"A third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand", the USA president said in a pair of Saturday morning tweets.

At their first summit previous year in Singapore, Trump and Kim signed a vague statement to work toward the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang in this April 10, 2019 photo released on April 11, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"What is clear is that if the US persists in its present political calculation method, the prospect of settling the issues will be gloomy and very unsafe", Kim said.

Analysts said, however, the existing strictures on Choe will have little impact on his future diplomatic endeavours, as long as its nuclear dialogue with the United States continues.

In Hanoi, Pyongyang offered to close its main nuclear facility in return for sanctions relief, but Washington sought a "big deal" comprising - in details which have emerged post-summit - the demand that North Korea surrender all its nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. The US flatly rejected the proposal to partially lift the sanctions on North Korea in exchange to additional assurances that Pyongyang will not restart nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

Trump later issued a statement on Twitter that underscored the strength of his personal relationship with Kim and pointed to what he called North Korea's "tremendous potential" for economic success, once the issue of Pyongyang's weapons programs has been resolved.

However, the North Koreans disputed the USA account of how the negotiations broke down.

But Kim Jong Un was sharply critical of the South Korean government, arguing it should not act as a "mediator" or "booster" for hostile forces, but instead act in the interests of the whole Korean nation.

Responding to Mr Kim's speech, South Korea repeated its stance of promoting the talks.

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

Pompeo also stressed that Kim had "made a commitment" that he wanted his country to denuclearize.

North Korea has spent decades building up its nuclear program, which it views as a deterrent against the U.S.

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