Thursday 22 August 2019

'Impatient' Kim aims talks barb at Trump

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

Nicola Smith

Kim Jong-Un has suggested he is becoming impatient with stalled denuclearisation talks in remarks aimed at Donald Trump ahead of next week's G20 summit.

The leader of North Korea claimed he had taken positive steps to negotiate over his nuclear arsenal but had seen no "active response from the relevant party", as he welcomed Xi Jinping, China's president, to Pyongyang.

Mr Xi, is likely to come face to face with Mr Trump at the meeting of world powers in Japan next Friday, and previously said he would stand by North Korea, which is struggling to cope with the strict sanctions imposed by the US.

After talks with Kim, Mr Xi - who is in dispute with the US over trade - said the international community expects America and North Korea to restart a productive dialogue after discussions stalled in Vietnam in February.

Chinese state media reported Kim told Mr Xi North Korea would "like to remain patient, but hopes the relevant party will meet it halfway to explore ways to resolve tensions and produce results".

Irish Independent

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