North Korea's Kim Jong Un says United States must change stance, gives deadline

Posted April 14, 2019

President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday that he is open to a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing their "excellent" personal relationship and understanding of "where we each stand".

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday said Kim's speech came during a session of the North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament.

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

He also said that despite the failure of their latest talks, his personal relations with Donald Trump remained good.

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President Trump should ignore any offers of another summit with Kim until North Korea is ready to put something verifiable on the table.

"The second DPRK-US summit in Hanoi in February raised strong questions about whether the steps we took under our strategic decision were right, and gave us a sense of caution about whether the U.S. is even really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship", Kim said, using the initials of North Korea's full name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"North Korea has tremendous potential for extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim", the American president said. 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.

The United States has said the summit in Vietnam broke down because of the North's excessive demands for sanctions relief in return for limited disarmament measures. The current USA policy of sanctions and pressure is "like trying to put out a fire with oil", he added. "Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialog and help negotiations between the USA and North Korea resume at an early date", Moon's office said in a text message.

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A Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be released on May 3, her lawyer said. "But it will clearly be hard for a good opportunity like last time to come up". Kim wants major sanctions relief and resources for his country before he'll take even minor steps toward eliminating his nuclear stockpile.

As the new president of the Supreme People's Assembly, Choe is technically head of state, although real power in North Korea is wielded by Kim and his immediate family. The first Trump-Kim summit took place on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

However, the North Koreans disputed the United States account of how the negotiations broke down. He is one of the best-known personalities involved in the nuclear talks, having met with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Pyongyang and traveling to Washington earlier this year to visit Trump.

Kim has signed vague statements calling for the "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula in his meetings with Trump and Moon.

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