Kim expresses willingness to hold third summit with Trump


"Holding Kim Jong-un invariably in high esteem as the top leader of the DPRK is the reflection of the deep reverence and trust of all the party members, people and servicepersons of the People's Army in him who has opened up a bright future of all generations to come by leading the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK to only victory with his rare political abilities and sweeping revolutionary practices", the state news agency gushed.

He made the remarks in a speech on the second day of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly meeting on Friday, according to the KCNA.

Trump and Kim have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June, building goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift sanctions in exchange for the DPRK abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.

Despite the fact that that the situation on the Korean Peninsula had significantly improved following a series of high-level talks past year between North Korea and South Korea, as well as the United States, the country is still subject to worldwide sanctions.

In Hanoi, the United States came "to the talks only racking its brain to find ways that are absolutely impracticable" and did "not really ready itself to sit with us face-to-face and settle the problem", Kim said. "But U.S. -style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it", Mr. Kim said during the speech.

Responding to the comments from the North Korean leader, South Korea's presidential office said in a message to journalists in Seoul on Saturday, "Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue and help negotiations between the USA and North Korea resume at an early date".

Kim said that despite his good relationship with Trump, he would only be interested in attending a third summit if it offered concrete solutions to the dispute.

Kim has signed vague statements calling for the "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula in his meetings with Trump and Moon.

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In Hanoi, the United States came with "completely unrealisable plans" and was "not really ready to sit with us face-to-face and solve the problem", Kim said.

The DPRK leader also noted that he will wait for the United States to decide "until the end of this year".

Kim said USA leaders "mistakenly believe that if they pressure us to the maximum, they can subdue us".

Kim Yong-chol was considered a controversial choice for point man because he is held responsible for North Korea's attack on the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010.

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.

Last month, a senior North Korean official warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests in place since 2017 unless Washington makes concessions such as easing sanctions.

But the lack of substantial disarmament commitments from the North and the deepening impasse in nuclear negotiations have fueled doubts on whether Mr. Kim would ever voluntarily relinquish an arsenal he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival.