Trump, South Korea's leader mull next step in nuclear talks

Trump, South Korea's leader mull next step in nuclear talks

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In his remarks, Kim "underscored the need to more vigorously advance" the North's "self-supporting national economy ... based on our efforts, technology and resources under the uplifted banner of self-reliance, so as to deal a telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring the DPRK to its knees", the official Korean Central News Agency said, using the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

U.S. -North Korean engagement has appeared to be in limbo since the February 27-28 summit in Hanoi, which collapsed over differences about how far North Korea was willing to limit its nuclear program and the degree of U.S. willingness to ease economic sanctions.

In comments reported on Thursday by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), hours before South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets his United States counterpart Donald Trump in Washington, Kim said he would double down on efforts to create a self-supporting national economy. "North Korea summit to the worldwide community, that this will be held in the near future", Moon said.

Why did the Trump-Kim summit break down?

The North Korean leader's broadside against measures imposed in response to missile and nuclear programmes comes weeks after his second summit with Donald Trump ended in failure after they disagreed on how to match sanctions relief with progress on denuclearisation.

Although trade and the role of the huge USA troop presence in South Korea are hot topics, North Korea dominates.

Kim's language during the Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) - the only legal political party in North Korea - as relayed by North Korea's state propaganda arms on Thursday differs significantly from the more concerned remarks published following the meeting on Wednesday. "In this regard, President Trump stressed that the door was always open for dialogue with Chairman Kim", the statement said.

Like multiple other senators who spoke to VOA ahead of Thursday's talks, Gardner said the U.S.

Diplomatic attempts to break the deadlock over denuclearisation have faltered since Kim and Trump parted without an agreement after two days of talks in Hanoi at the end of February.

"There are various smaller deals that maybe could happen, things could happen. The big deal is we have to get rid of the nuclear weapons", the commander-in-chief said.

Last month, a senior North Korean official warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests in place since 2017 unless Washington makes concessions such as easing economic sanctions. "He's saying North Korea would take an independent course unless the USA offered to lift sanctions". Analysts say a fourth Kim-Moon meeting could help toward another meeting between Kim and Trump.

Moon has put his political reputation on the line in encouraging negotiations between the United States and North Korea aimed at persuading Kim to give up a nuclear weapons program that now threatens the United States. "You maintain sanctions, you're a hostile force; if you ease sanctions, you're not".



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