Kim says North Korea could take 'new path' if USA maintains sanctions

Kim says North Korea could take 'new path' if USA maintains sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans' patience with sanctions and pressure.

He added that he is willing to meet Donald Trump at any time to produce results that the worldwide community would welcome.

However, he warned that North Korea might be "compelled to explore a new path" to defend its sovereignty if the United States "seeks to force something upon us unilaterally. and remains unchanged in its sanctions and pressure".

Though it wasn't clearly enunciated in last year's vague Trump-Kim declaration, the North Korean understanding of denuclearisation means those troops would eventually have to withdraw perhaps not just from South Korea but also from Japan, Guam, Saipan and possibly even scale down their military engagement with the Philippines.

President Trump on Tuesday evening, tweeted the comment together with part of a news report that says Kim Jong-un is ready to meet President Trump anytime.

Pyongyang has demanded Washington lift sanctions and declare an official end to the 1950-1953 Korean War in response to its initial, unilateral steps towards denuclearisation, including dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.

Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for months as they struggle with the sequencing of North Korea's disarmament and the removal of USA -led sanctions against the North.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech in North Korea.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un called for a new summit with United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday, while issuing a series of threats created to intimidate the United States into easing economic sanctions on the hermit kingdom.

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He also signalled that any deal might require weakening the US-South Korean alliance, urging Seoul not to resume military exercises with the American side.

In a speech broadcast by the North's state television, he said there would be faster progress on denuclearisation if Washington took corresponding action.

The setting, which mimics the one favored by Chinese President Xi Jinping for his New Year address, marks a departure from previous years when Kim stood before an assembly hall packed with officials.

The North is demanding relief from the multiple sanctions imposed on it over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, and has condemned U.S. insistence on its nuclear disarmament as "gangster-like".

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Nuclear talks have stalled over United States insistence on sanctions until the North takes concrete actions, such as submitting a list of its nuclear weapons.

At the time, Kim committed North Korea to "work toward complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. USA officials have repeatedly called for the stringent enforcement of sanctions on the country until its "final, fully verified denuclearization".

"I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!"

"And I think we're still butting heads against that, as to, how do we get to that point and how do we find a mutually agreed upon path to - in order to justify - having them justify go down that road?" she said.

The two sides have clashed over the pace and sequence of talks, with North Korea demanding relief from worldwide sanctions and the US seeking more steps toward disarmament.

Kim called his June summit meeting with Trump "instructive" and said they had shared "constructive opinions" on mutual concerns and "speedy solutions to the tangled issues" they faced.

This year, Kim said inter-Korean relations have entered a "completely new phase", and offered to resume key inter-Korean economic projects banned under global and South Korean sanctions, without conditions.

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