President Trump said relations with Chairman Kim remain “very good” and he opened the door Saturday for a 3rd Summit, hours after the NKorean leader said he’s willing to meet as long as the US offers acceptable terms for a deal by year end.
“I agree with Kim Jong Un of North Korea that our personal relationship remains very good, perhaps the term excellent would be even more accurate,” President Trump said Saturday in a Tweet. “A 3rd Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand.”
President Trump said he looked forward to the day, “which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World!”
Chairman Kim said, “…we will wait with patience for the US courageous decision by the end of this year but it will clearly be tough to get such a good opportunity like the last time.”
Chairman Kim’s remarks suggest the breathing new life into the negotiations.
President Trump said Thursday that the door for dialog remains open and a Summit “could happen,” he also rejected calls to revive economic projects between North and South Korea.
In a leadership shuffle announced Friday, Chairman Kim consolidated his power and granted new legitimacy to officials involved in the talks.
President Trump offered a positive outlook in his Saturday Tweet: “North Korea has tremendous potential for extraordinary growth, economic success and riches under the leadership of Chairman Kim.”
Chairman Kim said he does not have to be fixated on a Summit to obtain sanctions relief, and he would not hesitate to reach an agreement if the US. brings up an idea that is acceptable to both sides.
Responding to Kim’s speech, SKorea repeated its stance of promoting the talks. “Our government will do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialog and help negotiations between the US and North Korea resume at an early date,” President Moon’s office said in a text message.
In a signal that NKorea has not given up on negotiating, Kim Yong Chol was reappointed a member of the State Affairs Commission. He is one of the best-known personalities involved in the nuclear talks, having met with US Secretary of State Pompeo in Pyongyang and traveling to Washington earlier this year to visit President Trump.
Choe Son Hui, another official who has played a highly visible role in the US talks, was promoted to the job of 1st Vice Foreign Minister, a move that could give her even more sway if discussions resume.