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Kim Jong Un says 3rd summit with Trump possible on certain conditions

Kim Jong Un says 3rd summit with Trump possible on certain conditions

Since early 2018 Kim has embarked on a push for economic development and global engagement, including historic summits with the leaders of the United States, China and South Korea.

Telling North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly that US diplomats came to the last meeting, which ended abruptly in late February with no agreement, without "a clear direction and methodology", Kim had tough words for the Trump administration in his speech Friday.

Following the stand-off the North Korean leader blamed the United States president and insisted he was "not really ready to sit with us face-to-face and solve the problem".

If the US offers a plan by the end of 2019 that both countries can accept, North Korea's leader can again meet with the USA president to continue diplomatic efforts towards peace, official North Korean news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.

In his speech, the North Korean leader said the outcome in Hanoi led him to question the strategy he embraced a year ago of global engagement and talks with the United States.

Trump and Kim met for the first time in Singapore previous year.

Mr Kim said he was open to a third summit with the US President, but set the year's end as a deadline for Washington to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. "But US-style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it", Mr Kim said during a speech to the North Korean Parliament.

Korean state media also graced Kim with a new title, "Supreme Representative of All the Korean People", which is not mere hyperbole but an actual title ratified by government decree several months ago.

According to North Korea's state media, Kim warned that the collapse of the February summit in Vietnam has raised the risk of returning to past tensions between the two countries.

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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. DPRK stands for the North's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The two leaders met for the first time in Singapore a year ago.

The United States had continued to provoke North Korea by testing an anti-ballistic missile system and conducting military drills with South Korea despite Trump's announcement that large-scale exercises would end, he said.

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.

Days earlier, Kim also noted the need to deal a "telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring the North to its knees".

Moon is reportedly seeking to hold another summit soon with Kim, possibly to lay the groundwork for a third meeting of the US and North Korean leaders.

USA policy, he said, creates "deliberate hurdle in the improvement of ties while coming forward with unilateral gangster-like demands".

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