North Korea has replaced its long-serving head of state with a close aide to leader Kim Jong Un, promoting a man who was placed on a U.S. sanctions list previous year for alleged human rights abuses, state media said Friday.
There's been no indication that the US envoy for the talks, Stephen Biegun, has had any substantive meetings with North Korean leaders since the Hanoi summit.
"What is needed is for the U.S. to stop its current way of calculation, and come to us with a new calculation", Kim said in a speech to the Supreme People's Assembly on Friday, KCNA said. "It was not ready to sit face-to-face and solve problems".
Trump appears convinced North Korea has tremendous economic potential, and seems wedded to the notion that Kim might abandon his nuclear program in return for US help in realizing that potential.
Kim held three summits a year ago with Moon, who lobbied hard to revive the nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea.
"We were informed by the prison authorities that she would be released on May 3, and it is likely she will be flown back to Hanoi on the same date", he said, when contacted.
"North Korea has tremendous potential for. extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim".
Kim complained that Washington is coercing South Korea into abiding by sanctions and not pushing forward with inter-Korea projects.Читайте также: Wade bags triple-double in finale, but Nets top Heat
"If the United States approaches us with the right manner and offers to hold a third North Korea-U.S. leaders' summit on the condition of finding solutions we could mutually accept, then we do have a willingness to give it one more try", Kim added.
In his most recent comments, reported by KCNA, Mr Kim said the summit had created a "strong doubt" in him over whether the USA genuinely wanted to improve relations.
"As President Trump has repeatedly mentioned, personal relations between me and President Trump are not as hostile as relations between the two countries, and we still maintain excellent relations and can exchange letters whenever we would like to", Kim said.
"We have work to do, but I am confident we will continue to make progress", the secretary of state said.
"A Trump-Kim personal relationship benefits Kim and North Korea, not the United States", he said. Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, later clarified that the White House found Kim Jong-un's idea of a "step-by-step denuclearization" unacceptable as well.
The comments comes just one day after Mr Trump, at the start of talks in Washington with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, floated the possibility of further meetings with Mr Kim.
"I will be patient and wait until the end of this year for America's courageous decision, but it will be hard to get as good a chance as last time", Kim said. The North Korean dictator has already benefitted greatly from his relationship with Donald Trump while giving up nothing in return.
Jeong Young-tae, an analyst at the Institute of North Korean Studies in Seoul, says the new title is part of Pyongyang's efforts to "secularise" Kim and his power. In the months leading up to the talks, Pyongyang froze its nuclear and ballistic missile tests and demolished the only known nuclear test site.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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