US President, Donald Trump has said he is looking forward to meeting North Korea counterpart Kim Jong–Un for a second time.
Trump made the remarks on Tuesday in response to Kim’s annual New Year’s day address in which the North Korea president said Pyongyang would change its approach to nuclear talks if Washington persists with sanctions.
“Kim Jong -Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others – & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime,” Trump tweeted.
“I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!”
Trump did not address the rest of Kim’s speech, in which the North Korean leader also warned the U.S. not to test the country’s patience with continued sanctions and pressure.
The two leaders had an unprecedented summit in Singapore in June last year, where they signed a on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
However, progress has since stalled with the two sides disagreeing over what the declaration means, and the pace of U.S.-North Korean negotiations has slowed, with meetings and visits cancelled at short notice.
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.’
In a prerecorded New Year address aired by the state –owned Korea Central Television,, Kim Jong-un said he is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at any time but also reiterated his willingness for complete denuclearization.
The North Korean leader asked Washington not to misjudge the North’s patience and take corresponding actions for rapid progress in their denuclearization dialogue.
“I am ready to sit face-to-face with U.S. President Donald Trump again at any time. I will do my utmost to generate an end state that the international society will definitely welcome,” Kim said on Tuesday.