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North Korean leader open to third Trump summit: KCNA

AFP  |  Seoul 

North Korean leader Un is willing meet with US a third time if comes to the table with the "right attitude", reported Saturday.

Kim also said he would wait until the end of the year "for the US to make a courageous decision" on another meeting, after his most recent summit with Trump in broke down and both sides left without agreement.

has blamed the February deadlock on the North's demands for sanctions relief in return for limited nuclear disarmament, but said it had wanted only some of the measures eased.

In a speech to Pyongyang's rubber-stamp parliament Friday, Kim said the meeting had made him question whether is "genuinely interested" in improving its relations with

"We are willing to give another try if the US offers to have a third summit with the right attitude and mutually acceptable terms," he said, according to a report by North Korean outlet

Kim added that his personal relationship with Trump remained strong, adding they could "write letters to each other" whenever they wanted.

"We will wait with patience until the end of the year for the US to make a courageous decision," Kim said.

has been careful not to criticise Trump personally while attacking sanctions on North as an attempt to "destroy modern civilisation and turn the society back in a medieval dark age".

Trump and Kim held their first landmark summit in last June, where the pair signed a vaguely-worded agreement on the "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

But the failure to reach agreement at their second summit in has raised questions over the future of the accord.

Trump said Thursday he was mulling a third summit with Kim ahead of a meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in at the Oval Office -- a move supported by

Moon brokered the US-North talks and has been pushing for the resumption of inter-Korean economic projects, but doing so would fall foul of international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.

"Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue," Moon's office said in a Saturday statement.

The day before Kim accused of acting as an "overstepping mediator" and said the South should "speak up" for Pyongyang's interests.

On Friday, reported Kim was re-elected as of the State Affairs Commission, the North's most important decision-making body, to cheers and loud applause from the delegates.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 12:00 IST
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