Kim Jong Un says would welcome USA liaison office in North Korea

Kim Jong Un says would welcome USA liaison office in North Korea

Kim Jong Un says would welcome USA liaison office in North Korea

The North Korean leader, who has never directly interacted with foreign reporters, made the rare statement after Trump said that he's in "no rush" to denuclearize North Korea.

Mr Panetta, who also led the Central Intelligence Agency under former President Barack Obama, was echoing a point made by some in the diplomatic community that the U.S. should accept that North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has progressed too far to expect Mr Kim to give it up entirely.

Trump insisted his relations with Kim remained warm, but he did not commit to having a third summit with the North Korean leader, saying a possible next meeting "may not be for a long time".

They responded to questions from reporters at about 11 a.m. local time.

The collapse of the Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam is a setback for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whose desire for closer relations between the Koreas hinges on a nuclear breakthrough between the USA and North Korea.

They will then have an expanded bilateral meeting, . where we will once again see the key North Korea-U.S. delegates in one frame.

"Both of their legacies are really rooted in keeping this relationship going further, and we have a very awkward type of love relationship between these two", Jasper Kim, a professor of worldwide studies at Ewha Womans University, told Al Jazeera.

North Korea has taken steps to dismantle a rocket engine testing site and blow up a tunnel at a nuclear testing site.

The president also said he's in "no rush" to make "the right deal", a sharp break from his heated rhetoric a year ago about the threat posed by Pyongyang.

But reports from the negotiations and the ambience of the first meeting on Thursday suggested such a major breakthroughs remained elusive as they went into their final session of talks and a working lunch, which was due to be followed by the signing of a joint statement. "I have a feeling that good results will come".

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Later in the afternoon, Kim took more questions.

He made little mention of denuclearisation in his opening remarks, ramping down expectations further by saying "I can't speak necessarily for today but... over a period of time I know we're going to have a fantastic success with respect to Chairman Kim and North Korea".

But reporters didn't get opportunities to ask questions of Kim during his three summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his four meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Republicans blocked it. The White House has never provided information on what Putin and Trump talked about.

After the intimate stroll and the one-on-one sit-down, Kim and Trump began an "extended" meeting joined by their aides.

While one military analyst sees "tangible evidence" of a "ratcheting down of tensions" between the US and North Korea, he worries that the rogue state will benefit without making nuclear concessions.

The June meeting was the first between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

The two sides have discussed partial denuclearization measures, such as allowing inspectors to observe the dismantlement of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor, US and South Korean officials say.

"It's actually not a bad idea", Trump said, after the prospect was raised by a reporter.

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