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North Korean:  Kim Sets Conditions for another Summit with Trump

The US needs to come forward with right attitude if it wants to sit with North Korea for talks said leader Kim Jong-un. The regime’s state media said on Saturday after the US president earlier drifted the idea. At a summit with South Korean president Moon in Washington on Thursday, Trump expressed a willingness to hold the third summit with Kim.

according to state news agency KCNA, the breakdown in talks with the US had raised the risks of returning to past tensions, and Kim would wait “until the end of this year” for the US to decide. Kim said in a speech to the Supreme People’s Assembly on Friday, “What is needed is for the US to stop its current way of calculation, and come to us with a new calculation”. Twice Trump and Kim have met in response to the peace effort and building goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift sanctions in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. “The second DPRK-US summit in Hanoi in February 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 US is even really trying to improve the DPRK-US relationship,” Kim said, using the initials of North Korea’s full name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Trump said on Thursday he was open to meeting Kim again, but in his speech on Friday, the North Korean leader said the outcome in Hanoi had forced him to question the strategy he embraced last year of international engagement and economic development. Kim said his personal relationship with Trump is still good; but that he had no interest in a third summit if it is a repeat of Hanoi.

>Alma Siddiqua

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