U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said he agreed with recent comments by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the potential for a third summit between the two.
In a series of tweets that come in response to a speech Friday by the DPRK leader, the U.S. President said that he and Kim also agreed that “our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate.”
Trump said he believed “that a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand.”
Kim Jong Un was on Saturday reported to have told deputies of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) that he would be prepared to hold another summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, while stressing that the DPRK would only be interested in a “fair” deal beneficial to the two countries.
Kim said he and Trump maintain an “excellent relationship” and can exchange letters “at any time.”
“The personal ties between me and him are not hostile like the relations between the two countries and we still maintain good relations,” the DPRK leader said.
But he also stressed that the DPRK would not be interested in a repetition of February’s summit between the two in Hanoi, which concluded without a deal amid disagreement over sanctions.
“If the U.S. proposes to hold the third DPRK-U.S. summit under the condition that the country has the right stance and finds out the methodology that can share with us, we are willing to try it one more time,” he said, adding that the DPRK “will wait for a bold decision from the U.S. with patience till the end of this year.”
The U.S. President Trump’s comment also follow a closely-watched summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday — a meeting which saw him rule out sanctions relief for the DPRK but express his hopes that diplomacy between the two would continue.
South Korean officials ahead of that summit had argued that North Korea could be encouraged to denuclearize through a package of incentives described as representing an “early harvest” for Pyongyang, a proposal Washington appears to have rejected for the time being.
But the U.S. President on Saturday reiterated his view that North Korea has “tremendous potential” for economic development should it denuclearize.
“I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!” he said.
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