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Trump on Kim: Tough talk ... 'and then we fell in love'

Trump on Kim: Tough talk ... 'and then we fell in love'

Both Kim and Trump want a second summit. Most of the steps it has said it has taken could easily be replaced or reversed.

Ri had previously met with Pompeo on Wednesday, during which he extended Pompeo an invitation to Pyongyang from Kim Jong Un.

Last August, after USA media reported Pyongyang had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit into a missile, Trump warned Pyongyang not to threaten the United States or it would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen". "The DPRK government's commitment to denuclearization is solid and firm".

While Ri reprised familiar North Korean complaints about Washington's resistance to a "phased" approach to denuclearisation under which North Korea would be rewarded as it took gradual steps, his statement appeared significant in that it did not reject unilateral denuclearisation out of hand as Pyongyang has done in the past.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us. But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust", he said.

This includes at two UN Security Council (UNSC) meetings, chaired by Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo respectively.

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"We must not forget what's brought us this far: the historic worldwide pressure campaign that this council has made possible through the sanctions that it imposed", Pompeo said.

Somewhere the middle of his speech, after suggesting the USA was about to go to war with the North Korea when he took office, Trump waxed nostalgic about how he and Kim exchanged threats to annihilate each other with nuclear weapons, then claimed it was Kim's "beautiful letters" that turned everything around.

China and Russian Federation have called for a reduction in sanctions on North Korea in exchange for steps it has taken so far. Since then, talks between Pyongyang and Washington have largely stalled over details. "But now we're at the dawn of a new day".

Mr Trump joked about the criticism he would receive following his positive comments about the North Korean dictator, saying some would consider it "unpresidential".

In its Sunday edition, the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of Pyongyang's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, also called for easing of sanctions on the country. The North insists it needs reciprocal concessions from the United States, including the lifting of crippling economic sanctions and an official declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War has ended.