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North Korea warns of ‘new path’ if deadlock with US sanctions remain

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The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday revealed that he is ready to resume talks with US over the denuclearisation of Korean peninsula

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday revealed that he is ready to resume talks with US over the denuclearisation of Korean peninsula, but warns that there might be change in approach if the sanctions by Trump administration stay.

He mentioned the nation’s plans for the year ahead in a nationally broadcasted New Year address. He extended his ‘firm will’ towards achieving denuclearisation and declared that both at the nation and international front “ we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them.”

Kim added, “I am always ready to sit together with the US president anytime in the future, and will work hard to produce results welcomed by the international community without fail.” Though at the same time warned US of exerting pressure on North Korea unilaterally and keeping the sanctions unaltered, as then he might be “compelled to explore a new path” to protect the sovereignty of his nation.

Kim said that he is open to undertaking “various practical measures”, if Washington responds “with trustworthy measures and corresponding practical actions … bilateral relations will develop wonderfully at a fast pace.”

He also urged Trump administration to halt its joint military exercises with South Korea (which have largely been put on hold since his summit with Trump) and not position strategic military assets in the South.

In response to his message, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, “I also look forward to meeting with Chairman Kim who realizes so well that North Korea possesses great economic potential!”

South Korea President welcomed his counterpart’s address, hopeful of Kim’s “firm commitment” that he believed “will have a positive effect in resolving issues on the Korean peninsula in the new year”.

North Korean leader Kim and US president Donald Trump met for the first time at Singapore Summit last june to discuss the denuclearisation matters. Unfortunately both the parties did not reach a significant conclusion because of disagreements over the definition of denuclearisation and which side should be the first to make concessions.

As per the reports, a second sumit among the two nations is likely to happen sometime in January or February, though last month Trump wrote on twitter he was “in no hurry.”

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