Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Kim said he will "be patient" and wait until the end of this year for the USA to decide if it wants another summit.

"It is essential for the United States to quit its current method and approach us with a new one", Kim said in a speech to the Supreme People's Assembly on Friday.

In Hanoi, the United States came with "completely unrealisable plans" and was "not really ready to sit with us face-to-face and solve the problem", Kim said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the breakdown in talks with the United States has raised the risks of reviving tensions, and he is only interested in meeting President Donald Trump again if the United States comes with the right attitude, state media KCNA said on Saturday.

"It seems like a positive message from the standpoint of possibly resuming the talks", said Dong-Yub Kim, a North Korea specialist at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies. The leaders discussed the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Mr Kim said he was open to a third summit with the US President, but set the year's end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy.

The day before Kim accused Seoul of acting as an "overstepping mediator" and said the South should "speak up" for Pyongyang's interests.

Kim's self-imposed deadline appears meant to highlight the fact that Pyongyang can still endure the mounting pressure from the biting US -led worldwide sanctions regime, as the U.S.

The Vietnam talks collapsed because Kim demanded excessive sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to limited controls on his country's nuclear and missile programs, according to United States officials.

In his speech, Kim blamed the United States for only considering its own interests during the second DPRK-U.S. Summit in Vietnam's Hanoi this February.

Kim's statement doesn't necessarily move the talks forward, but it does suggest he remains invested in the diplomatic process, says Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat who focuses on Korea. 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. "North Korea summit" will be held.

"I'd like to express my high regard for how you have continued to express your trust towards Chairman Kim", Moon said.

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

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.

The second meeting between the leaders in February ended abruptly without a breakthrough on North Korean denuclearization or U.S. sanctions relief. In the months leading up to the talks, Pyongyang froze its nuclear and ballistic missile tests and demolished the only known nuclear test site.

Days earlier, Kim also noted the need to deal a "telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring the North to its knees".

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