What 'denuclearization' means to North Korea's Kim Jong Un

What 'denuclearization' means to North Korea's Kim Jong Un

What 'denuclearization' means to North Korea's Kim Jong Un

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

"However, if the United States continues to break its promises and misjudges our patience by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure against our republic, then we may have to seek another way to protect our country's sovereignty and interest and establish peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula", he added.

"Now that North and South Korea made a decision to take the path of peace and prosperity, we demand that joint military exercises with outside forces should no longer be allowed and deployment of war equipment such as foreign strategic assets should be completely stopped", Kim was quoted as saying.

"If the U.S. responds to our active and pre-emptive efforts with trustworthy steps and corresponding behaviour, [relations] will move forward at an excellent and fast pace", Mr Kim said in his speech.

Washington is pushing to maintain the measures against the North Korea until its "final, fully verified denuclearization".

After months of bitter acrimony and public name-calling between the two leaders, Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June.

Kim also called for active pursuit of multilateral negotiations among countries involved in the truce agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War to discuss replacing the armistice deal with a peace treaty, which he said will lay the groundwork for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Those measures were in line with its resolve to "no longer make, use or spread" nuclear weapons, Kim said, indicating a possible moratorium on weapons production for the first time.

The speech showed Mr Kim's continued focus on direct diplomacy with Mr Trump, who has complained about the cost of maintaining USA military support for South Korea. Over the past year, the North destroyed a nuclear testing site in Punggye-ri in the presence of worldwide reporters, returned the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War and released detained United States citizens.

Seoul and Pyongyang have pursued several reconciliation initiatives in recent months, including projects to upgrade the North's outdated rail infrastructure and reconnect it with the South.

This year's speech drew intense attention, coming as U.S. "That may no longer be true, raising the risk that the White House feels cheated rather than just stonewalled".

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During the speech, the North Korean leader also pledged to improve relations with China and South Korea. It will be critical for the allies to develop a firmer policy as it's clear the issue of joint drills is coming to a head, Mount said.

The new look also comes in the wake of three summits - two at the border town Panmunjom and the latest in Pyongyang - with South Korean President Moon Jae In, Cheong added.

As both sides struggle to find a breakthrough in stalled talks, the speech shows Kim shifting the focus from calls for complete dismantlement of its nuclear arsenal and hinting at including countries other than the United States.

As for Kim's willingness to meet with Trump, the North Korean dictator actually said that during his New Year's address.

The New Year speech is a key fixture in the North Korean political calander, setting the agenda for the year to come.

According to Sky News, Kim said: "Now that North and South Korea chose to take the path of peace and prosperity, we insist that joint military exercises with outside forces should no longer be allowed and deployment of war equipment such as outside strategic assets should be completely stopped".

The U.S. has suspended large-scale military exercises with South Korea.

The hardening stalemate has fueled doubts on whether Kim ever will relinquish the nuclear weapons and missiles he may see as his strongest guarantee of survival.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during their summit meeting in Singapore on 12 June 2018.

-North Korea relations and an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program.

According to Kim Dong-yub, this is not only a message to South Korea, asking it to determine its North Korea policy independently without the involvement of the U.S., but also an indirect appeal to Washington for an alleviation of the sanctions.

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