North Korean leader Kim Jong-un praised US President Donald Trump and welcomed the progress of the negotiations between the two countries on another summit, according to state media in Pyongyang.
Kim said he would rely on Trump's approach, reported the Nordic official KCNA news agency on Thursday, after the North Korean leader warned that his country could seek a "new road" if the US continued sanctions and diplomatic pressure.
"Kim Jong-un said we would believe in President Trump's positive thinking, wait with patience and in good faith, and pursue with the United States step by step the goal to be achieved by the two countries," said KCNA.
The report said Kim expressed "great satisfaction" by receiving a "big" letter from Trump and a briefing on the results of the negotiations by the North Korean delegation who visited Washington last week, but did not elaborate.
Kim ordered w ork-level preparations for the second North Korean-American summit to be done well, KCNA said. The White House said last week that another Trump-Kim Summit was held in late February, but didn't say where.
The two leaders met for the first time at a top-notch summit in Singapore in June, giving a vague promise of work against the complete denuclination of the Korean Peninsula. Progress since then has been rude.
Kim has informed South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he would conduct a "groundbreaking" nuclear research measure, reported by the South Korean newspaper Dong-a Ilbo on Thursday.
The newspaper, with an unidentified source of direct knowledge of the situation between the United States and North Korea, said the same had been made clear to Trump during senior North Korean official Kim Yong-chol's Washington visit last week.
North Korea has e.g. suggested the possibility of accepting the United States' requirement for verification of the denuclearisation effort before discarding its nuclear power plants in Yongbyon.
On the other hand, the United States mentioned possible measures such as easing the limits of oil imports, a conditional restart of the Kaesong Industrial Zone in North Korea, and opening a liaison office in Pyongyang, Dong-a reported.
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Dong-a also said that according to s Everal South Korean government sources, talks between officials from Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul near the Swedish capital Stockholm this week that it had been constructive to set up some of the agenda for the second Trump summit -Kim.
There was no immediate comment from the US State Department.
The White House said that Trump met Kim Yong-chol, North's top nuclear dealer last week, that economic sanctions against Pyongyang would be maintained even during the second summit.
Trump has said there was "no speed" and "no time limit" on core negotiations, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given various opinions on the degree of Washington's patience.
After the Singapore Summit, Pompeo hoped the United States to "get more disarmament" of North Korea by the end of Trump's current term of office in January 2021. He has subsequently said he would not put a timeline on negotiations.
He told Fox News in an interview brochure submitted Wednesday, progress had been made in stopping North Korea's nuclear and missile testing programs.
"Chairman Kim continues to reassure the US president that he intends to nuclear removal, and I hope that in late February, when two leaders meet, we can make a big move along the way," said Pompeo.
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