Trump sends warm greetings to North Korea's Kim Jong Un via Twitter

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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".

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".

"[The US] is further escalating the hostility to us with each passing day despite its suggestion for settling the issue through dialogue", Kim said.

North Korea will approach future relations with the USA with "a sense of caution", according to its leader, Kim Jong-un.

During a press conference before his talks with Moon, Trump had mentioned his personal amity toward Kim, saying: "I've had some very strong relationships with others, but I have a very, very good relationship with Kim Jong Un, and I think you see that".

The North Korean dictator also issued a stern warning and indicated his country would not be bullied by the U.S. and stated its position would remain unchanged even if the nations met "a hundred thousand times".

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

In his speech, Kim repeated earlier claims that North Korea's crippled economy would persevere through heavy global sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he wouldn't "obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief".

The first Trump-Kim summit took place last June.

But he added that before any meeting, the United States must change its policies toward North Korea and lift sanctions by the end of the year.

"If it (the United States) keeps thinking that way, it will never be able to move the DPRK even a knuckle, nor gain any interests no matter how many times it may sit for talks with the DPRK", he said.

Kim Yong Nam, the now-91-year-old who held the position of the North's head of state - an nearly entirely ceremonial role - for nearly 20 years, was replaced by Choe Ryong Hae, the state-run KCNA said.

Kim said he will wait "till the end of this year" for the United States to decide to be more flexible, according to KCNA.

Last month, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui accused the United States of taking a "gangster-like" stance and said they had thrown away a "golden opportunity" in Hanoi.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump shake hands during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House.

Moon is reportedly seeking to hold another summit soon with Kim, possibly to lay the groundwork for a third meeting of the US and North Korean leaders.

Mr Choe replaces Kim Yong Nam, 91, who had served North Korea's two previous rulers: Kim Jong Un's father and grandfather.

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.

"In any case we will wait with patience for the United States courageous decision by the end of this year but it will clearly be tough to get such a good opportunity like the last time", Mr Kim said in a speech at North Korea's rubber-stamp legislature, according to the KCNA report.

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