President Donald Trump has said that he is looking forward to a second summit with Kim Jong-un after the Supreme Leader of North Korea said he was ready to meet Trump any time.
Citing a PBS News Hour report on the North Korean leader’s New Year’s speech on Tuesday, Trump tweeted, “Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others – & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime.” PBS News Hour. I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!”
Kim Jong-un took his annual speech on Tuesday as an opportunity to deliver a message to Washington that he is willing to meet the US President over the denuclearization talks, but also warned not to “misjudge” his patience as he might reverse his pledge if the sanctions against his regime are not lifted by the US.
“I am always ready to sit down again with the US president at any time and will make efforts to produce an outcome that the international community would welcome,” Kim said.
“(But) we could be left with no choice but to seek a new way if the US does not make good on its promises, misjudges our patience, while seeking to force things unilaterally and clinging to sanctions and pressure,” he said.
It has been pointed out by the analysts that Trump chose not to comment on the warning part of Kim’s speech.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met for their first historic summit in Singapore in June, agreeing to work together for the “denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”. However, there have been different interpretations regarding what the statement meant, since then.
“If the US responds to our active and preemptive efforts with trustworthy steps and corresponding behavior, [relations] will move forward at an excellent and fast pace,” Kim said in his speech.
North Korea, in 2018, deconstructed a nuclear testing ground and also expelled nuclear tests. But in his Tuesday’s speech, he did not offer any new concessions related to his nuclear weapons assemblage.