North Korea's Kim Jong Un says U.S. must change stance, gives deadline

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during the extended bilateral meeting in the Metropole hotel during the second North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi Vietnam

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes part in the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang in this April 10, 2019 photo released on April 11, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Kim also said he would wait until the end of the year "for the United States to make a courageous decision" on another meeting, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down and both sides left without an agreement.

His speech came hours after Mr Trump and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in Washington and agreed on the importance of nuclear talks with North Korea. But he said his personal relationship with the American president remains good.

The day before Kim accused Seoul of acting as an "overstepping mediator" and said the South should "speak up" for Pyongyang's interests.

The second meeting between Trump and Kim, which was held in Vietnam in February, collapsed as they left Hanoi without a deal or even a final statement.


Responding to the comments from the North Korean leader, South Korea's presidential office said in a message to journalists in Seoul on Saturday, "Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue and help negotiations between the USA and North Korea resume at an early date". "But they continue to ignore the basic way of the new DPRK-US relations, including withdrawing hostile policies, and mistakenly believe that if they pressure us to the maximum, they can subdue us".

The parliament also made a slew of personnel changes on Thursday that bolstered Kim's diplomatic lineup. The US President said he wants sanctions on North Korea to remain in place, though he doesn't want to increase them. Mr. Kim held three summits past year with Mr. Moon, who lobbied hard to revive the nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea.

"What is needed is for the U.S.to stop its current way of calculation, and come to us with a new calculation", Kim said in a speech to the Supreme People's Assembly on Friday, KCNA said.

Analysts viewed Friday's announcements as the biggest shake-up in North Korean government in years, a consolidation of power that clearly separated Kim Jong-un's regime from that of his father for the first time.

The U.S. insists North Korea must unilaterally give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which violate United Nations resolutions.

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