Kim Says He's Open to 3rd Summit with Trump

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the breakdown in talks with the United States has raised the risks of reviving tensions, but he is only interested in meeting President Donald Trump again if the United States comes with the right attitude, state media KCNA said on Saturday.

"The situation is a clear reminder of the South Korean authorities' diehard intent on military stand-off despite their outwardly hand-shake for reconciliation", KCNA said.

"The United States is talking a lot about holding a third US-NK summit meeting, but we are neither pleased nor willing to see a summit like the Hanoi summit reenacted", Kim said at the 14th session of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, according to Korean Central News Agency.

Mr Trump claimed North Koreans officials wanted all economic sanctions lifted in their entirety in exchange for disabling a major nuclear site, provoking him to walk away.

"We of course place importance on resolving problems through dialogue and negotiations".

Despite the heavy criticism aimed towards the US, Chairman Kim indicated he would not hesitate to sign an agreement if the US "stop its current way of calculation and come to us with a new calculation".

Kim said he will wait until the end of this year for the USA to decide if it wants another summit. "But it will clearly be hard for a good opportunity like last time to come up".

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Born in 1950, Choe is considered Kim Jong Un's right-hand man - frequently referred to as the regime's "virtual number two official", having been key to the party's hierarchy since the 1980s.

Trump, however, signaled no marked change in his stance on sanctions relief until the North's complete denuclearization, though he didn't shut out the possibility of smaller deals with Pyongyang. He's been traveling around to various summits and meetings rather than feeling trapped in his own country. He's exploited his new relationship with South Korea and his revitalized ties to China.

Pyongyang has been careful not to criticise Trump personally, while attacking sanctions on North Korea as an attempt to "destroy modern civilisation and turn the society back in a medieval dark age". He is a longtime mentor to Kim Jong-un and might now be the most powerful North Korean who is not a member of the Kim dynasty. But at the same time, he's not only failed to begin dismantling his stockpile of missiles and weapons but by most reports, he's secretly expanding those programs.

Ankit Panda, an adjunct senior fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, also saw no signs of a change in Kim's negotiating position - that North Korea expected to see "corresponding" concessions from the U.S.in return for its moratorium on nuclear and missile testing announced a year ago.

Trump responded to the remarks by saying he agreed with Kim about their relationship, and also expressed a desire for another summit.

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