NK leader warns of seeking 'new way' if USA pressure continues

NK leader warns of seeking 'new way' if USA pressure continues

NK leader warns of seeking 'new way' if USA pressure continues

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.

At a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June the two signed a vaguely worded pledge on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

"I am always ready to sit down again with the U.S. president at any time and will make efforts to produce an outcome that the worldwide community would welcome", Mr Kim said.

However, he said the North will be forced to take a different path if the United States "continues to break its promises and misjudges the patience of our people by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure".

The North Korean leader on Tuesday reiterated his determination to achieve complete denuclearization and also called for economic development in his annual New Year's address, stressing the need to strengthen the North's defense.

Little progress has been made since Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June a year ago.

Mr Kim also said the United States should continue to halt its joint military exercises with ally South Korea and not deploy strategic military assets to the South.

Washington and Pyongyang are trying to arrange a second summit between Trump and Kim, who met in Singapore on June 12.

Kim also signalled that any deal might require weakening the US-South Korean alliance, urging Seoul not to resume military exercises with the American side. "So, Kim is not so much making any new commitments so much as laying the groundwork for the United States to take the blame for any lack of progress".

"North Korea is prepared to strike a move, so it is requesting South Korea to actively convince the United Nations and the U.S. to alleviate or lift sanctions layered upon the state".

"We are willing to resume the Kaesong industrial complex and tour program to Kumgangsan without any preconditions or price, in consideration of South Korean businessmen who once worked at the complex and their hard situation, along with the hopes of our South Korean comrades who seek to visit our people's famous mountain", Kim said in his speech.

Neither of those are now possible for South Korea unless sanctions on the North are removed.

In this photo taken on December 31, 2018, revelers pose for photos before an ice sculpture during a New Year's eve countdown event and fireworks display on Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The North has also bristled at US demands to provide a detailed account of nuclear and missile facilities that would be inspected and dismantled under a potential deal.

Kim also emphasized the development of the North Korean economy and, without elaborating, mentioned nuclear power as part of the country's plans to boost electricity production.

The North Korean leader is asking Washington to take the next step to break the stalemate, such as allowing the reopening of the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex, analysts said.

The North Korean leader also vowed to uphold last year's agreements with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, playing up improving relations between the two Koreas.

Nuclear talks have stalled over USA insistence on sanctions until the North takes concrete actions, such as submitting a list of its nuclear weapons.

The moves - an about-face from the weapons tests and threats in 2017 - were telegraphed in Kim's previous New Year's speech, in which he offered to discuss participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics. -North Korea relations and an end to Pyongyang's nuclear program.

In the clip, Trump claimed his government had taken steps to improve United States relations with North Korea.

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