Kim ready to meet Trump if USA changes stance

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2019

The U.S. "was not ready to sit face to face and solve problems", Kim said, adding that he does not "desire to see another Hanoi summit".

He made the remarks in a speech on the second day of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly meeting on Friday, according to the KCNA.

NPRlooked at the changes Kim made and found it hard to guess exactly what he thinks the next step will be since he did not back away from either "negotiations with the US or a self-imposed moratorium on testing of missiles and bombs".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says the breakdown in talks with the United States has raised the risks of reviving tensions, adding that he is only interested in meeting Donald Trump again if the U.S. comes with the "right attitude".

Trump also says the main goal is to get rid of all North Korean nuclear weapons, and that once that happens North Korea has "potential as great as anything". The leaders discussed the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

"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.

"[The US] is further escalating the hostility to us with each passing day despite its suggestion for settling the issue through dialogue", Kim said. He is one of the best-known personalities involved in the nuclear talks, having met with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in Pyongyang and travelling to Washington earlier this year to visit Trump.

In February, Trump left Hanoi earlier than planned, with no joint agreement or statement after Kim insisted all U.S. sanctions be lifted from his country.

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The Hanoi summit "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 even really trying to improve the DPRK-U.S. relationship", Kim said, using the initials of North Korea's full name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Negotiations on Pyongyang's nuclear program appear to be stalled, and there is uncertainty over whether Kim is considering backing out of talks or restarting nuclear and missile tests.

Speaking alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump on Thursday expressed openness to "smaller deals" with the North. "North Korea summit" will be held.

"By that sort of thinking, the USA will not be able to move us one iota even if they sat with us a hundred, thousand times, and will not be able to get what it wants at all", he said.

The second meeting between the leaders in February ended abruptly without a breakthrough on North Korean denuclearization or USA sanctions relief.

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

In his speech, Kim repeated earlier claims that North Korea's crippled economy would persevere through heavy worldwide 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".

Trump walked away from making a deal with Kim at their meeting in late February.

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