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Kim Says He's Open To 3rd Summit With Trump

16 April 2019

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.

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 USA or a self-imposed moratorium on testing of missiles and bombs".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling on the USA to stop "its current way of calculation" if it is interested in continuing diplomatic talks, according to a report from the country's state news agency KCNA.

"We are concerned that, rather than facilitating these business ties, some in your Administration reportedly took steps to block the South Korean government from engaging in any such economic cooperation with North Korea", the letter said.

Pyongyang has favored a phased-in, incremental approach toward its nuclear disarmament, while Washington has shown a desire for a "big deal" that may mean sweeping denuclearization steps by the North first before any significant rewards are given.

While dismissing Seoul's hopes to play a mediating role, Kim in the same speech on Friday said he would be open to a third summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, but only under the right circumstances.

In his speech, Kim said if there is written consent "favorable for the interests of both sides and acceptable to each other", he will sign an agreement with the United States without reservation.

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

Mr Trump offered a positive outlook in his Saturday tweet: "North Korea has tremendous potential for extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim".

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Mr Kim blamed the collapse of his summit with Mr Trump in February on what he described as unilateral demands by the United States, which he said raised questions over whether Washington had genuine willingness to improve relations.

Kim complained that Washington is coercing South Korea into abiding by sanctions and not pushing forward with inter-Korea projects. -North Korea nuclear talks. The first Trump-Kim summit took place on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

"The confrontation is likely to continue as there's a low chance that the USA will change its position", Mr Shin said.

Kim made the comments during a speech Friday at a session of North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament, which made a slew of personnel changes that bolstered his diplomatic lineup amid stalemated negotiations with the United States.

Still, North Korea is committed to better North-South relations and peaceful unification, Kim said.

In a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week in the Oval Office, Moon said he does not view the Hanoi summit as a failure, but part of a longer "process" toward denuclearization. "The big deal is we have to get rid of nuclear weapons".

North Korea's Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said last month that Kim would soon make clear his post-Hanoi position.

"The US came up to the negotiation venue focusing only on methods that can never be realized", he said.

Kim Says He's Open To 3rd Summit With Trump