North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he’s open to a third summit meeting with President Trump if the United States could offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement by the end of the year.
Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday said Mr. Kim’s speech came during a session of the North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament.
During the speech, Mr. Kim blamed the collapse of his summit meeting with Mr. Trump in February on what he described as unilateral demands by the United States. But he said his personal relationship with the American president remains good.
Mr. Kim repeated earlier claims that North Korea’s crippled economy would persevere through heavy international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons program and that he wouldn’t “obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief.”
The United States has said the summit meeting broke down because of the North’s excessive demands for sanctions relief in return for limited disarmament measures.
“We of course place importance on resolving problems through dialogue and negotiations. But U.S.-style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn’t fit us, and we have no interest in it,” Mr. Kim said. “We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the United States to come up with a courageous decision. But it will clearly be difficult for a good opportunity like last time to come up.”
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