WORLD DPRK leader promises to continue denuclearization in peninsula

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DPRK leader promises to continue denuclearization in peninsula

Xinhua

19:50, January 01, 2019

PYONGYANG, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), said Tuesday that he would push forward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and was ready to meet with US President Donald Trump at any time.

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Kim Jong-un (File photos: KCNA)

"I am always ready to sit down again with the US president at any time and will make efforts to produce an outcome that the international community would welcome," Kim said.

In his New Year speech broadcast on the state-run television, he stressed his determination to work to build new relations with the United States, establish lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and seek "complete denuclearization," on the condition that the United States takes corresponding measures.

"We could be left with no choice but to seek a new way if the US does not make good on its promises, misjudges our patience, while seeking to force things unilaterally and clinging to sanctions and pressure," Kim warned.

The DPRK leader said he was willing to reopen the inter-Korean industrial park in the border city of Kaesong and resume a suspended tour program to Mount Kumgang on the east coast "without any preconditions."

Both the Industrial park and Mount Kumgang tourist zone have been closed for a few years.

Cover image: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering an address to mark the New Year at an undisclosed location on January 1, 2019.

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