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Kim Jong Un warns 'Washington not to test North Korean's patience'

Kim Jong Un warns 'Washington not to test North Korean's patience'

"If the USA fails to carry out its promise to the world ... and remains unchanged in its sanctions and pressure upon the DPRK", Kim said, using the acronym for the North's formal name, "we might be compelled to explore a new path for defending the sovereignty of our country and supreme interests of our state".

Mr Kim was referring to his summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, when he said he had "fruitful talks" and "exchanged constructive ideas". He also added he is willing to meet US President Donald Trump at any time to produce results the global community would welcome.

He, however, added that if Washington failed to deliver on its promises and continued enforcing sanctions, Pyongyang would have "no other choice but take a different path".

"Chairman Kim's strong determination will be positive for smoothly resolving the Korean issue in the new year", Moon spokesman Kim Eui-keum said.

The North Korean leader called on South Korea to "completely stop" joint military drills with the United States, while remaining keen for dialogue and multilateral negotiations to continue.

Duyeon Kim of the Center for American Security told CNN he found Kim's message "confident, normal, sophisticated" and "reminiscent of the feel of the Singapore summit setting" when Kim met with Trump last summer.

South Korea welcomed Kim's address, with the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae saying the speech reflects his wish for the development of inter-Korean ties and Pyongyang-Washington relations.

Kim called his June summit meeting with Trump "instructive" and said they had shared "constructive opinions" on mutual concerns and "speedy solutions to the tangled issues" they faced.

"He appeared more confident than ever, emboldened by some of the progress he made previous year, which also implies he thinks he has the upper edge in the negotiations with the United States as a nuclear-armed state", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.




"North Korea is prepared to strike a move, so it is requesting South Korea to actively convince the United Nations and the USA to alleviate or lift sanctions layered upon the state".

"U.S. negotiators should move decisively in the new year to find out how far Kim is willing to go toward a verified cap on his arsenal".

The North has also bristled at USA demands to provide a detailed account of nuclear and missile facilities that would be inspected and dismantled under a potential deal.

Kim stated that he doesn't want the U.S.to test North Koreans' "patience" with sanctions.

The North Korean leader is asking Washington to take the next step to break the stalemate, such as allowing the reopening of the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex, analysts said.

In this year's address, Kim reminded viewers that athletes from the two Koreas had marched together under a joint Korean flag at the Opening Ceremonies of those Games. North Korea has broken promises made to the United States to halt is nuclear weapons program on at least six prior occasions.

The North Korean leader is also indirectly demanding his neighbors to the South push the U.S. and U.N Security Council harder to lift sanctions in exchange for the two countries to resume inter-Korean cooperative projects, Cheong said.

North Korea has not responded to Washington's calls for senior working-level talks to follow up on the June 12 summit, apparently preferring to engage Trump rather than other USA officials in its negotiations. Kim also urged the North Korean people to strengthen their "self-reliance", a message that echoed Chinese President Xi Jinping's similar address Monday night.Kim repeated the importance of being "frugal" multiple times when speaking about economic plans. There are views that North Korea wants a quick second summit because it thinks it can win major concessions from Trump that they probably couldn't from lower level USA officials, who are more adamant about the North committing to inspections and verification.

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