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North Korean leader sets year-end as deadline for Trump to change his attitude

Holding a third US-North Korea summit would require "constructive decisions for the improvement of relations," Kim said

PYONGYANG, April 13. /TASS/. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was ready to wait for US President Donald Trump to change his attitude to denuclearization talks until the end of the year, the state-run KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

"Until the end of the year, I will be patient, I will wait for the US president, although it will be difficult to come up with an opportunity as good as it was last time [during the February 27-28 summit in Vietnam’s Hanoi]," he said, adding that holding a third summit would require "constructive decisions for the improvement of relations."

"If we [the United States and North Korea] want to hold the third summit with proper attitude and proper solutions, which we are ready to share with our partners, then we would like to give it one more try," the North Korean leader said during his speech to members of the country’s Supreme People’s Assembly.

He also said that despite the failure of their latest talks, his personal relations with Donald Trump remained good.

"As President Trump continues to note, personal relations between myself and President Trump are not as hostile as the relations between our two nations," Kim said. "We still enjoy good relations and, if we think so, we can exchange letters."

The latest summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un took place in Hanoi on February 27-28. The leaders discussed the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang. The sides failed to come to an agreement during the summit and did not adopt a joint statement, promising to continue the talks at a later time. The first Trump-Kim summit took place on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.