Kim Jong Un has hit out at the United States for acting in ‘bad faith’ during his unsuccessful talks with President Donald Trump, which deadlocked Korean peace negotiations.
The North Korean premier made the comments yesterday during his first meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin which was described as ‘unreserved and friendly’.
Februrary’s Hanoi summit came after a fiery war of words between Mr Trump and Kim, but broke down when the White House refused to budge on sanctions it had imposed on the rogue state.
Now, Kim has taken aim at the US President for grinding the region’s peace process – including a deal on the North’s nuclear missiles – to a ‘standstill’, according to state media.
Kim Jong Un (right) has hit out at the United States for acting in ‘bad faith’ during his unsuccessful talks with President Donald Trump (left)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to seek closer ties at their summit in Vladivostok, where Kim made the comments about the US
The North Korean leader said ‘the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point’, Korean Central News Agency said.
Kim warned that the situation ‘may return to its original state as the US took an unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-US summit talks’, the agency added.
At the Hanoi talks, cash-strapped North Korea demanded immediate relief from sanctions, but the two sides disagreed over what Pyongyang was prepared to give up in return.
Kim told Putin that the ‘DPRK will gird itself for every possible situation’, KCNA said.
Februrary’s Hanoi summit broke down when the White House refused to budge on sanctions it had imposed on the rogue state
Kim has taken aim at the US President for grinding the region’s peace process – including a deal on the North’s nuclear missiles – to a ‘standstill’, according to state media
The comments also came about a week after Pyongyang demanded the removal of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from stalled nuclear talks with Washington, accusing him of derailing the process.
But as the rogue state’s relationship with the US is tested, the North Korean leader invited Putin to visit North Korea ‘at a convenient time’ and the invitation was ‘readily accepted’.
During his talks with Kim on Thursday, Putin positioned himself as a counterweight to the United States, insisting that the North needed ‘guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty’.
Mr Putin said: ‘We need to… return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world.’
Kim said he hoped to usher in a ‘new heyday’ in ties between Pyongyang and Moscow.
The pair ‘were unanimous’ that their meeting could help in ‘strategically controlling the unstable situation of the Korean peninsula in the wake of the second DPRK-US summit talks’, it said.