North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has struck a defiant note over his failed summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi and insisted Pyongyang would overcome the effect of sanctions, state media reported Thursday.
Trump made the remarks while speaking to the media together with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in before their bilateral meeting at the White House.
Trump did not rule out a third summit with Kim, but the US President said that future talks with North Korea on denuclearization would need to be "step-by-step" and that pushing hastily for an agreement would not produce a good outcome.
According to the full transcript provided by the White House, when asked by reporters if he plans to meet Kim for a third summit, Trump said that "it could happen". The two sides gave different reasons for the abrupt end in talks.
"Kim Jong Un wants to re-brand North Korea as a "normal" socialist country in the world stage", he told AFP. Trump said Kim was asking for sanctions relief without wanting to fully dismantle all his nuclear weapons programs.
In that position, Choe will be the constitutional head of state, and is likely to be the public face of North Korea at many official functions.
On the Hanoi meeting between Trump and Kim, Moon said that it "was not a source of disappointment, but it is actually the part of a bigger process that will lead us to a bigger agreement". Indeed, the US leader reportedly asked Moon to "contact" North Korea, likely via inter-Korean summit talks, and to let him know of Pyongyang's current stance on negotiations.
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DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Pak Pong Ju had served two separate terms as premier, from 2003 to 2007 and from 2013 to 2019, according to North Korea Watch.
Kim Yong Nam, who was born in 1928, has been one of the longest serving senior officials, having held the position since it was created for him in 1998, Madden said.
'I think it likely that there will be some sanctions relief, especially as Trump has indicated some flexibility, albeit limited, ' Columbia University Professor and Korea Society director Stephen Noerpe told Asia Times.
North Korea has been focusing on economic development since its policy shift, announced last April, from the so-called byongjin policy of simultaneously seeking nuclear and economic development. "From time to time, there are particular provisions, if we are making substantial progress, where one might think it's the right thing to do".
Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui has been promoted to first vice foreign minister, signaling she will have greater clout in diplomacy with the U.S. going forward despite the breakdown of February's summit between leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
She said her country might pull out of the nuclear negotiations with the United States, citing a lack of corresponding steps to some disarmament measures North Korea took past year.