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North Korea to approach future USA relations with 'sense of caution'

14 April, 2019, 05:42 | Author: Taylor George
  • Kim Jong-un addresses the Supreme People's Assembly

"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 United States 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.

Donald Trump, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter that another meeting with Kim "would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand".

Pyongyang will give the U.S. till the end of the year to drop "its current calculation method" with regards to bilateral talks and come up with "a correct posture" instead, Kim said, the state-run KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

"Until the end of the year, I will be patient, I will wait for the United States president, although it will be hard to come up with an opportunity as good as it was last time [during the February 27-28 summit in Vietnam's Hanoi]", he said, adding that holding a third summit would require "constructive decisions for the improvement of relations".

Mr Kim's remarks suggest an attempt to breathe new life into the stalled negotiations. In a leadership shuffle announced on Friday, Mr Kim consolidated his power and granted new legitimacy to officials involved in the talks.

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". South Korean media has speculated he will take the blame for the unsuccessful Hanoi summit.

"These seriously rattle us", he said.

"With respect to our negotiations with North Korea, I don't have anything to add other than even after Hanoi we've continued to have conversations", Pompeo said during a news conference in Paraguay.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June 2018, building goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift sanctions in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.

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When asked about Kim's comments, South Korea's presidential office said Seoul is committed toward keeping the atmosphere of dialogue alive and helping negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang resume at an early date. Prior to their leader's statements, North Korean officials had expressed their displeasure with the outcome in carefully managed press briefings in Hanoi and Pyongyang.

Four North Korean men were also charged, but they left Malaysia hours after the murder and remain at large. "The big deal is we have to get rid of nuclear weapons".

Ms Choe Son Hui, another official who has played a highly visible role in the United States talks, was promoted to the job of first vice foreign minister, a move that could give her even more sway if discussions resume.

While the possibility of further progress is a worthy goal, North Korea's diminutive dictator is already putting conditions on his potential participation and they clearly add up to what many of us suspected all along.

The Hanoi summit fell apart as they failed to find common ground over how to match Pyongyang's denuclearization steps with Washington's sanctions relief.

Mr Kim appointed Mr Choe Ryong Hae as the nominal head of state with the formal title of president of the assembly's presidium.

Kim during the speech blamed the collapse of his summit with Trump in February on what he described as unilateral demands by the United States.

Unlike his father, Kim Jong-Il, the young Kim has increasingly greeted foreign heads of state and visiting dignatories, performing the functions of a modern head of state.

"What they're trying to communicate is that they have their house in order".


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