Kim Jong-un: Open to the Third DPRK-US Summit but with one condition

 Kim Jong-un: Open to the Third DPRK-US Summit but with one condition

Global Network reported that US President Trump expressed his willingness to hold a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on November 11. The Associated Press, CNN and other US media quoted KCNA as saying that Kim Jong-un was open to holding the third DPRK-US summit with Trump on Wednesday, but Kim Jong-un also offered the condition that Washington could propose a nuclear agreement clause acceptable to both sides by the end of this year.

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According to KCNA, the first meeting of the 14th Supreme Peoples Congress of the DPRK closed smoothly at the Longevity Hall on December 12. North Koreas top leader, State Council Chairman Kim Jong-un, attended the meeting and delivered a policy address. CNN quoted KCNA as saying that in his speech that day, Kim Jong-un talked about the possibility of the third DPRK-US summit.

The United States is discussing the holding of the third US-DPRK summit, but we are neither happy nor willing to see a summit like Hanoi reconvene, he said.

Kim Jong-un added: But as President Trump mentioned, my personal relationship with President Trump is not as hostile as that between the two countries. We still have a good relationship. If we want, we can send and receive greetings from each other at any time.

Kim Jong-un said that the United States is calling for a third summit. If the United States has the right attitude and finds a way to share with us, we are willing to try again. Kim Jong-un said he would wait patiently until the end of this year to decide whether to hold another summit.

The Associated Press also quoted KCNA as saying in his speech that Kim Jong-un blamed the failure of the DPRK-US summit in February on the unilateral demands of the United States. Kim Jong-un said it raised doubts about Washingtons willingness to improve relations.

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KCNA said that the first meeting of the 14th Supreme Peoples Congress of the DPRK opened on November 11. Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of the DPRK, was elected Chairman of the State Council of the DPRK. Cui Longhai was elected First Vice-Chairman of the State Council and Chairman of the Permanent Committee of the Supreme Peoples Congress, and Kim Cailong was elected Prime Minister of the Cabinet.

On the same day, Trump, meeting with South Korean President Wen Jae-in at the White House, expressed his willingness to hold a third meeting with Kim Jong-un and said that the United States would not consider further sanctions against North Korea at the moment.

In response, Lu Hong, a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, said on December 12 that China considers these positive messages and hopes to see the process of dialogue on the Peninsula further advanced.

In response, Lu Kang noted that we also noted the exchange of views between President Wen and President Trump on the situation on the Peninsula during his visit to the United States. He pointed out that the continuation of the momentum of dialogue on the Korean Peninsula and the continuous progress of the peace talks are in the common interest of all parties, and the international community generally expects this.

Lu Kang said that China hopes and supports the parties concerned to persist in the overall direction of dialogue and solve problems, strengthen contacts, follow the train of thought in a package, phased and synchronous way, and can respect and take care of each others legitimate concerns, strive to narrow differences, expand consensus and jointly promote the process of political settlement of the denuclearization of the peninsula and the Peninsula issue.

For President Trumps stated willingness to maintain dialogue and not to increase sanctions, we believe that this is a positive message, and we hope to see the process of dialogue on the peninsula move forward in depth.

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