North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday said he is willing to hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance their denuclearization talks and improve relations.
Kim, in a New Year’s speech, vowed that his country will not make or test any more nuclear weapons, reaffirming his commitment to seeking complete denuclearization. He said his unprecedented summit with Trump last June was a historic moment between the “two most hostile countries in the world” and expressed his wish to develop ties further.
“I am ready to meet the U.S. president again anytime,” Kim said in his address, which was broadcast by the Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s mouthpiece. Kim pledged to “make efforts to have results welcomed by the international community,” stressing, “It is my strong will to establish a sustainable and concrete peace regime and move toward complete denuclearization.”
As things stand, the denuclearization negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea are at a stalemate. Pyongyang has not responded to Washington’s requests for working-level meetings to discuss the process, and the U.S. has dialed up its economic sanctions.
Kim also said he is open to restarting the Kaesong Industrial Complex — a joint project with South Korea — and resuming tours to Mount Kumgang. Kaesong, which was set up with the South’s capital and the North’s labor, has been suspended since 2016 due to rising military tensions. Visits to the