North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday that he hopes to extend his high-level nuclear summit with President Trump by 2019, but also warned Washington against sanctions and pressure to test the North Koreans' patience. During his New Year's speech on television, Kim said he was always ready to meet with Mr. Trump to produce a result that was "welcomed by the international community."
However, he said the North would have to take a different path if The United States "continues to break promises and misjudge the patience of our people by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushing for sanctions and pressure." Kim also said that the United States should continue to stop its joint military exercises with the South Korean ally and send no strategic military means to the south.
He also called for a nationalist call for greater inter-Korean cooperation, saying the North is ready to resume operations in a jointly-operated factory park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and resume South Korean tours to the Diamond Mountain Resort in the north. None of this is possible for South Korea, unless the sanctions are lifted.
Some analysts said that North Koreawas trying to create a wedge between Washington and Seoul while putting a heavier burden on the United States. Pyongyang has recently accused Washington of failing to take appropriate measures after the North unilaterally dismantled a nuclear weapons site and discontinued nuclear and long-range missile testing.
But North Korea has not allowed international inspectors to verify this The test site is actually useless, though they would say so. And satellite imagery shows that Kim's regime is still rapidly developing its nuclear weapons program, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.
"They believe that they can outsmart the Americans in this regard," said Victor Gao, an expert on international relations in Beijing. said Tracy. Washington and Pyongyang are trying to arrange a second summit between Mr. Trump and Kim who met in Singapore on June 1
"If the United States takes righteous action and action on our leading and preventive measures, then (US-North Korea relations will progress through the process of implementing (such) concrete and ground-breaking actions at a rapid and excellent pace said Kim, who held the speech on a leather armchair and wore a black suit and a gray-blue tie
"It is the unwavering position of our Party, the Government of the Republic, and my firm commitment that the two countries, as stated in the Joint Declaration of June 12, take steps to create a lasting and stable peace regime and pushing for the whole thing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, "he said. "That is why we have declared at home and abroad and taken various measures to show our commitment that we no longer manufacture and test nuclear weapons and will not use or distribute them."
Kim welcomed the results of the North's diplomatic activities in 2018. Including his three meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim said an inter-Korean military agreement reached at its last summit in September to reduce conventional military threats was "realistically a non-aggression statement."
Kim also stressed the development of the North Korean economy and mentioned, without going into nuclear energy, as part of the country's plans to increase power production. Kim's speech was watched attentively as North Korean leaders traditionally used the New Year's statements to reflect on the past year and formulate important political goals for the coming year.
Kim used his New Year's address a year ago to begin a new diplomatic approach with Seoul and Washington, which led to his meetings with Moon and Mr. Trump. Kim also met with Chinese President Xi Jinping three times, reinforcing his influence by reintroducing Beijing, Pyongyang's key ally, as an important player in the diplomatic process to resolve the nuclear disaster.
But the nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled in recent months as they contend with the sequencing of North Korean disarmament and the lifting of US-led sanctions against the North. The North has also strongly agreed with the US request to provide detailed information on nuclear and missile installations, which should be inspected and dismantled under a potential agreement.
The hardening stalemate raises doubts as to whether Kim will ever voluntarily give up nuclear weapons and missiles, and may be his strongest guarantee of survival. In his meetings with Mr. Trump and Moon, Kim vaguely signed statements calling for the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula without describing when and how this would happen.
But for decades, North Korea has promoted a concept of denuclearization that bears no resemblance to the American definition. Pyongyang promises to continue nuclear development until the United States withdraws its troops and the nuclear shield defends South Korea and Japan. The North reaffirmed its traditional approach to denuclearization last month in a straightforward statement, saying that it would never abandon its weapons unilaterally, unless Washington removes what Pyongyang calls a nuclear threat, negotiated its nuclear weapons and suggested that North will force the United States to withdraw or significantly reduce the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea, which is an important drag on any disarmament business. Some analysts said it was becoming increasingly clear that the North wanted to retain a nuclear arsenal and turn talks with the United States into a bilateral arms reduction negotiation between two nuclear states, rather than a one-way process of transferring its arsenal. Washington and Pyongyang However, the meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and high-ranking North Korean officials was postponed after a short-term cancellation in November in November. There are views that North Korea wants a quick second summit because it believes that it can gain significant concessions from Mr. Trump, which is unlikely to be from subordinate US officials who are more strict about inspecting the North and North Checks is bound to fail to win. 19659020]