Thursday, 25 April, 2019

North Korean leader open to third Trump summit

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Jeannette Daniel | 17 April, 2019, 15:38

North Korea marked the 107th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung, on Monday, with no obvious provocation of the United States, despite the second denuclearization summit between the two countries collapsing in February.

South Korean and US officials have said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule. In a speech to Pyongyang's rubber-stamp parliament on Friday, Kim said the Hanoi meeting had made him question whether Washington is "genuinely interested" in improving its relations with Pyongyang.

The U.S. president responded to Kim's statement on Twitter.

"I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World", Trump added. "But U.S. -style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it".

"Chances are fairly high that a summit between Russian Federation and North Korea could take place around that time", a source told Yonhap.

But Moon's call for partial sanctions relief to create space for the inter-Korean projects and induce nuclear disarmament steps by North Korea has led to a disagreement with Washington, which sees economic pressure as its main leverage with Pyongyang.

Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in Singapore last June, where they signed a vaguely-worded agreement on the "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

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Moon said Trump was supportive of his plan for an inter-Korean summit when they met in Washington last week.

Kim also accused South Korea of deferring to the "anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy" of the United States and berated the ongoing military exercises between the allies.

Moon did not directly address Kim's criticism, but said he has "high regard" for what he saw as Kim's strong commitment to diplomacy.

Kim, who has recently pledged to build a "powerful socialist economy", asked the United States to ease economic sanctions, arguing it has already started to implement concrete measures toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

From past experience, the North Koreans may elect to mount a provocation, be that act directed at the United States, Japan or South Korea.

North Korean charge d'affaires in Moscow, Jin Jong Hyuk, said Thursday that Pyongyang expects a number of mutual visits by high-level Russian and North Korean delegations in the future.

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