Kim Jong Un says ready to meet Trum

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Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:14 pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday (Jan 1) he is ready to meet US President Donald Trump again at anytime to achieve their common goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, but warned he may have to take an alternative path if US sanctions and pressure against the country continued.

In a nationally televised New Year address, Kim said denuclearisation was his “firm will” and North Korea had “declared at home and abroad that we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them”.

Kim added that Pyongyang had “taken various practical measures” and if Washington responded “with trustworthy measures and corresponding practical actions... bilateral relations will develop wonderfully at a fast pace”.

“I am always ready to sit together with the US president anytime in the future, and will work hard to produce results welcomed by the international community without fail,” Kim said.

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”.
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Former South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok remarked on Dec. 14 that “North Korea is presumably still working on a ‘plan B’ in case its negotiations [with the US] break down.”
“If the US unilaterally demands that North Korea denuclearize without taking any corresponding measures, such as easing sanctions, North Korea won’t give up its nuclear weapons in order to gain relief from economic sanctions,” Lee said.

Since taking power in North Korea, Kim Jong-un appears to have shifted the North’s strategic line from a military focus (nuclear weapons) to an economic focus (the pursuit of peace),” Lee said.
“What Kim Jong-un and North Korea want is to go down the path of high-level economic growth and prosperity by trading denuclearization for lifting economic sanctions. But if North Korea concludes that American unilateralism prevents it from going down the path of prosperity, it could shift to a basic survival strategy of just keeping food on the table,” Lee said.
As evidence showing that North Korea is preparing a plan B, Lee pointed to the North’s inordinate focus on nationalizing sectors affected by sanctions to an extent that surpasses import substitution and the Rodong Sinmun’s recent emphasis on self-sufficiency.
“Since imports of crude oil and coke (fuel made by heating coal in the absence of air) were banned by the sanctions, the North Koreans have invested enormous resources in a program to convert petrochemicals to coal chemicals and to replace coke with anthracite and lignite in its steel refineries. The high cost of these efforts has reduced economic efficiency and poses an obstacle to the standardization needed for an inter-Korean economic community,” Lee said.
“In light of the overall situation, it’s very unlikely that North Korea will move away from denuclearization and negotiations. But if the current unilateralism continues, the denuclearization talks could conceivably run into a prolonged impasse,” Lee said

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:59 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would not seek a second summit with US President Donald Trump if he sees no breakthrough in now-stalled denuclearization talks, a North Korean defector said Wednesday.


Thae Yong-ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat, interpreted Kim's warning of a "new path" in his New Year's message as an expression of his resolve not to be swayed by the US.
Thae, who defected to South Korea in 2016, said that Kim seems to have strong hope for a second summit with Trump, although the date has not been fixed.
"But at the same time, if there is no point of compromise between the US and North Korea before a second summit, Kim would rather not attend the meeting," Thae told a forum held by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party.
http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190102000453#cb

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:58 pm

There would be a “big fat war in Asia” if he had not sat down with Kim Jong Un, @POTUS tells reporter

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#BREAKING Trump says received "great" letter from N. Korea's Kim https://t.co/ZjAWSSjhGt

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Speaking to reporters at the @WhiteHouse, @POTUS defends his negotiations with Kim Jong Un, saying he has never emphasized the speed of denuclearization by the #DPRK.

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Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:03 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had received a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and expected to meet him again soon as part of the U.S. administration's efforts to press Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons programme.
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