Trump tweets about possible third summit with Kim Jong Un

Trump tweets about possible third summit with Kim Jong Un

President Trump sent fresh signals of friendliness toward North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Saturday after the dictator expressed doubt about going forward with a third summit.

"We have work to do, but I am confident we will continue to make progress", the secretary of state said.

"We regard it as important to solve problems through dialogue and negotiations but we do not like and have interest in the USA way of talks".

"What is needed is for the USA to stop its current way of calculation, and come to us with a new calculation", Kim said in a speech to the Supreme People's Assembly on Friday, KCNA said.

President Trump should ignore any offers of another summit with Kim until North Korea is ready to put something verifiable on the table.

"As President Trump keeps saying, the personal ties between me and him are not hostile like the relations between the two countries and we still maintain good relations, as to be able to exchange letters asking about health anytime if we want", Kim said.

"I will not hesitate in signing an agreement only if it is written in a way that meets the interests of the DPRK and the US, and is fair, mutually acceptable, and this will entirely depend upon with what attitude and calculus the USA would come up with", he said, using the abbreviation of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The United States has said the summit in Vietnam broke down because of the North's excessive demands for sanctions relief in return for limited disarmament measures.

Chairman Kim also said United States leaders "mistakenly believe that if they pressure us to the maximum they can subdue us" he added the increase in sanctions and pressure is "like trying to put out a fire with oil". He has not said whether or not he has remained in contact with Kim since Hanoi.

"If the United States approaches us with the right manner and offers to hold a third North Korea-U.S. leaders' summit on the condition of finding solutions we could mutually accept, then we do have a willingness to give it one more try", Kim added.

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Pyongyang will give the U.S. till the end of the year to drop "its current calculation method" with regards to bilateral talks and come up with "a correct posture" instead, Kim said, the state-run KCNA news agency reported on Saturday. "But it will clearly be hard for a good opportunity like last time to come up".

Kim also during the speech made a nationalistic call for South Korea to support the North's positions more strongly and criticized Seoul for acting like an "overstepping mediator" between Washington and Pyongyang.

As the new president of the Supreme People's Assembly, Choe is technically head of state, although real power in North Korea is wielded by Kim and his immediate family.

Kim said the summit created "strong doubt" over whether the steps that he has taken were right and whether the US has a genuine intention to improve bilateral ties with the North.

Seoul accused Pyongyang of plotting the Cold War-style hit as Malaysia allowed the two women's suspected North Korean handlers to leave in the days after the murder.

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

"I will be patient and wait until the end of this year for America's courageous decision, but it will be hard to get as good a chance as last time", Kim said.

In the months since Hanoi, there have been no known follow-up negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Kim has signed vague statements calling for the "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula in his meetings with Trump and Moon.