North Korea warns of 'new path' if United States 'continues to break promises'

North Korea warns of 'new path' if United States 'continues to break promises'

North Korea, however, would have "no choice but to defend our country's sovereignty and supreme interest, and find a new way to settle peace on our peninsula", if the USA "misinterprets our people's patience, and makes one-sided demands and continues down the path of sanctions and pressure on our republic".

He was willing to meet Trump again at any time, he added, "to produce results welcomed by the global community".

This year's speech drew intense attention, coming as U.S. In his meetings with Trump and Moon, Kim signed vague statements calling for the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula without describing when and how it would occur. However, the summit produced little in the way of concrete progress toward denuclearization. At the summit, the president hailed a new beginning in U.S.

Overall, Kim's speech seems to have landed on the high side of analysts' expectations, with Kim claiming he is no longer interested in nuclear weapons research (he said North Korea has reached all of its goals in that regard) and might be willing to cap weapons production if the United States reciprocates in some unspecified manner.

But his line about no longer producing, testing, using or spreading its arsenal was not included in the first English-language summary of the speech by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.

Although Pyongyang did not conduct nuclear or missile tests previous year, satellite images have pointed to continued activity at the North's related facilities.


Kim said he was willing to resume without conditions joint projects with South Korea that were frozen due to political tensions and North Korea's weapon tests.

This would make Kim's speech the first real test of USA resolve on the path to denuclearization. Parts of the lengthy speech also broke from Chairman Kim speaking and switched to highlighting the country's economic and technological advances to come.

That resulted in a dramatic detente a year ago, including three summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and the historic meeting with Trump in June. The US can defend the sanctions regime through its veto on the UN Security Council and its influence over South Korea.

In a 30-minute speech, Kim declared that Pyongyang will "move towards complete denuclearisation" but "may have to seek another way" if the U.S. maintains sanctions on the nuclear-armed country.

But while Kim wants the punitive measures lifted, Washington has been sceptical of the denuclearisation process - while satellite images have indicated renewed nuclear activity.

Observers say those steps have not been confirmed and can be easily reversed. "He's exuding confidence that his country isn't hung up over the USA, that they can still prosper without Washington", the analyst added. Washington halted some large-scale military exercises with Seoul to aid nuclear negotiations, but smaller drills continued.


"To summarise North Korea's foreign policy strategy this year, it is to pressure the United States, to lead South Korea and to strengthen ties with China and Russian Federation", said Kim Heungkyu, a professor of political science and diplomacy at Ajou University. Asked for a reaction, a US State Department official said: "We decline the opportunity to comment".

But while Kim Jong Un says he wants to continue along the diplomatic path, the clear hint is that without some response from the United States, the rapprochement witnessed a year ago may go into reverse. Kim also wants the Trump administration to stop carrying out military exercises with South Korea. Taking matters into their own hands, Kim and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in held a symbolic ceremony to link their railway and road networks late December. "This is, indeed, ridiculous", the commentary said.

Kim urged North Korea to alleviate power shortages by raising electricity production.

"My sense is that Kim wants to portray himself as a legitimate leader in the global community both superior to Moon Jae-in and an equal to Donald Trump", Maxwell wrote.

He was willing to meet Trump again at any time, he added, "to produce a result that will be welcomed by the global community".

"In sum he wants to portray himself as a real player on the global scene", he added.


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