Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Saturday, North Korea's top diplomat said the nation won't dismantle its nuclear weapons until it has "sufficient trust" in the USA, and called on the Trump administration to drop its "coercive methods" such as sanctions.
The crowd laughed in response to Trump's "love" line, though the comment was more self aggrandizement than humor - he had also just informed supporters that he had prevented the deaths of millions, come up with a better foreign policy toward the rogue nation than President Obama or any other USA leader, and that anyone who says any different is lying.
But North Korea on Saturday slammed those sanctions, saying that they were "deepening our mistrust" toward the USA, and suggested it was unwilling to denuclearize out of security concerns.
Mr Kim has also promised to dismantle North Korea's main missile testing and launching site, and said he could decommission the main nuclear test site, if the USA took some reciprocal action.
"The reason behind the recent deadlock is because the United States relies on coercive methods, which are lethal to trust-building", Ri said in his speech.
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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 minister instead highlighted three meetings between Mr Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in the past five months and added: "If the party to this issue of denuclearisation were South Korea and not the U.S., the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock".
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The tests, some of which entered Japanese airspace, became so rampant that Donald Trump last August warned Kim that he would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if he continued. Pyongyang demands the removal of the 28,500 USA troops stationed in the South to deter North Korean military adventurism.
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"If the party to this issue of denuclearisation were South Korea and not the U.S. the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock".
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