Published: Wed, April 17, 2019

North Korean leader open to third Trump summit

North Korean leader open to third Trump summit

In last week's summit with Trump, the US leader also asked Moon to inform him about the North's position after any inter-Korean contact, suggesting that an upcoming inter-Korean summit, if it takes place, will address a more specific nuclear deal to be used in a possible Kim-Trump summit later.

Kim Jong Un said Friday he was open to a third meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump if Washington offered "mutually acceptable terms" after their second summit in Hanoi broke down.

In a speech last week to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), North Korea's analog of a parliament, Kim Jong Un outlined his view on the state of ongoing talks between the United States and his country and a range of other issues. Meanwhile, he stressed that the US and the ROK were focusing on "the big deal", which, in Trump's words, is to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump and Kim met again in Vietnam in February, but the summit collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps.

Citing sources in Moscow, Yonhap said, "Chances that Kim Jong Un's trip to the Russian Federation will take place by the end of April are quite high".

According to the news agency, that trip is related to preparations for the North Korean leader's visit to Russian Federation.

On South Korea, Kim said Seoul "should not act as an "overstepping mediator" or a "facilitator" and should rather get its mind straight as a member of the (Korean) nation and boldly speak up for the interest of the nation".

The United States is "is still shunning the withdrawal of its hostile policy, the fundamental way of establishing the new DPRK-U.S. relations, and miscalculating that it can bring us to our knees if it puts maximum pressure on us", Kim said.

Kim, who 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.

But Moon did not specifically respond to Kim's criticism that South Korea was too subservient to the "anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy of the United States", and that the South's military persisted in "veiled hostility" by conducting exercises with USA forces.

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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