Kim calls for corresponding USA measures, ready to meet Trump

Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Trump could meet for a second summit in 2019

The North Korean leader is also indirectly demanding his neighbors to the South push the U.S. and U.N Security Council harder to lift sanctions in exchange for the two countries to resume inter-Korean cooperative projects, Cheong said.

Kim Jong Un says he is ready to sit down again with President Donald Trump - but also warned the United States against imposing more sanctions.

"If the U.S. responds to our active and preemptive efforts with trustworthy steps and corresponding behaviour, [relations] will move forward at an excellent and fast pace", Mr Kim said in his speech.

In the months since the historic summit, leaders from both countries, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have been trying to negotiate a second meeting between Trump and Kim.

"If the United States fails to keep its promise to the world and misjudge our patience by unilaterally forcing its ways on us and sticks to sanctions and pressure against the republic (North Korea), we can not help but find a new path to protect the country's sovereignty and best interests, and achieve peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", he said.

Sanctions on Pyongyang have been regarded as a major stumbling block to active cross-border cooperation with South Korea, which has been pursued under the agreements reached between their leaders in three summits this year.

Kim called for sanctions against North Korea to be lifted, and also called on South Korea to stop participating in joint military exercises with the U.S.

The North Korean leader is asking Washington to take the next step to break the stalemate, such as allowing the reopening of the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex, analysts said.

"The government will continue to advance reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas to the point that it can not be dialed back, while at the same time working closely with the worldwide community and doing the best to realize complete denuclearization and establish a solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula", the unification ministry said in a statement. The North used a blunt statement last month to reiterate its traditional stance on denuclearization, saying it will never unilaterally give up its weapons unless Washington removes what Pyongyang describes as a nuclear threat.

North Korea's media have slammed the USA for clinging to sanctions without honoring its promises to Pyongyang.

Although he said he wished to pursue economic development instead of nuclear missiles, Kim threatened to change course if the United States does not begin granting sanctions relief and making other reciprocal gestures in 2019. The offers could widen the gap between the US and South Koreans on how strong sanctions should remain.

Dressed in a Western style suit, Kim spoke from a dark leather armchair in an office lined with packed bookshelves and paintings of his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather Kim Il Sung - a setting that resembled more intimate addresses from the White House by the US president.

-North Korea relations and an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program.

A rapid sequence of developments followed, with athletes and a senior delegation led by Kim's powerful sister going to the Pyeongchang Games in February, before Kim met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing ahead of the Singapore summit with Trump.

"It is the unwavering position of our party and the republic's government and my firm will that the two countries as declared in the June 12 joint statement. take steps to establish a permanent and stable peace regime and push toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", Kim said.

Some experts say it's becoming clear the North intends to keep a nuclear arsenal and turn the talks with the United States into a bilateral arms reduction negotiation between two nuclear states, rather than a unilateral process of surrendering its arsenal.

"There are views that North Korea wants a quick second summit because it thinks it can win major concessions from Trump that they probably couldn't from lower-level USA officials, who are more adamant about the North committing to inspections and verification", the New York Post observed.



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