- "I want to believe that the U.S. side would come out with an alternative based on a calculation method that serves both sides' interests and is acceptable to us," Choe Son-hui said.
- "No practical follow-ups have been made to make the summits' talks a reality, which casts a shadow over the possibility of future summits," KCNA writes.
- Kim jong Un and Donald Trump have met three times before.
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has cast doubts on the possibilities of holding a future summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The state-controlled news agency, KCNA, reported the information on Thursday night. At the same time, Kim is hoping for President Trump to change on several issues.As late as September 9, Kim announced that he was ready to meet with Donald Trump to discuss nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.
At the time, Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister, had stated that North Korea was willing to resume nuclear diplomacy in late September. She had nonetheless implored Washington to join the negotiating table with new proposals that are acceptable. She had equally warned about the possible collapse of dealings between the two countries if the proposals didn’t appeal to North Korea. “I want to believe that the U.S. side would come out with an alternative based on a calculation method that serves both sides’ interests and is acceptable to us,” Choe had said then.
Now, however, North Korea has seemingly changed its attitude altogether. According to KCNA, quoted by the Reuters news agency, Kim isn’t happy due to “the lack of progress” in realizing the agreements made so far. According to KCNA, this means that the opportunities for a new summit have since decreased.
In the statement, published under the headline: “Statement by the adviser to North Korea’s foreign minister,” but obviously having Kim’s blessings, North Korea notes that the previous meetings between the two leaders have shown that there is a political will to put an end to the strained relations between Washington and Pyongyang. “But no practical follow-ups have been made to make the summits’ talks a reality, which casts a shadow over the possibility of future summits,” KCNA writes.
KCNA highlights the concessions North Korea has made to the United States, for instance, the release of captured Americans as well as the return of the remains of fallen soldiers. According to Kim Kye Gwan, Choe’s predecessor as First Vice Foreign Minister, the U.S. has done nothing in as far as implementing the joint statement is concerned. The joint statement is as a result of the first summit between Trump and Kim that was held last year in Singapore.
It is clear that the North Korean leader is disappointed with Donald Trump, who is said to have failed to pledge to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea and to have increased the sanctions on the country instead of removing them. According to KCNA, Washington is “obsessed” with North Korea abolishing its nuclear weapons. At the same time, Kim writes in the statement that “I came to know that President Trump is different from his predecessors in political sense and decision” in his approach towards North Korea, “so I would like to place my hope on President Trump’s wise option and bold decision.”
Kim jong Un and Donald Trump have met three times before. The first time was in Singapore on June 12, 2018, the second time in Hanoi on February 27-28, 2019 and the third time on June 30 this year when they both met briefly in the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea.