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North Korea’s Kim says ready to meet Trump anytime

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday said that he was ready to meet the US President Donald Trump again at any time.

The North Korean leader said that his country was committed to denuclearization, however, he urged the US to reciprocate Korea’s measures.

Korea is committed to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula but warned he may have to take an alternative path if the United States continued to force Pyongyang into unilateral action.

In his New Year address, Kim urged Washington to take unspecified corresponding action to speed up the stalled process.

North Korea, however, would have “no option but to explore a new path in order to protect our sovereignty” if the United States “miscalculates our people’s patience, forces something upon us and pursues sanctions and pressure without keeping a promise it made in front of the world,” Kim said in his nationally televised address.

The comments are likely to fuel growing scepticism over whether Pyongyang intends to give up the nuclear weapons programme that it has long considered essential to its security.

Kim and Trump vowed to work towards denuclearisation and build a “lasting and stable” peace regime at their landmark summit in Singapore in June, but little progress has been made since and satellite images have indicated continued activity at North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities.

Pyongyang has demanded Washington lift sanctions and declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War in response to its initial, unilateral steps toward denuclearisation, including dismantling its only known nuclear testing site and a key missile engine facility.