Kim Jong Un: US acted in bad faith at Vietnam talks

Kim Jong Un: US acted in bad faith at Vietnam talks

Putin has now accepted an invitation to visit North Korea, its state media reports.

Away from the cameras, the North Korean tyrant made his true feelings about the United States known after talks broke down in February.

"North Korea seems to be trying to expand its negotiating position with the US", said South Korea's ambassador to the United States, Cho Yoon-je, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The historic meeting focused on the development of bilateral ties as well as on the burning issue of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Februrary's Hanoi summit came after a fiery war of words between Mr Trump and Kim, but broke down when the White House refused to budge on sanctions it had imposed on the rogue state. "There are no secrets here".

Soon after his first election as Russian president, Putin sought to normalise relations with Pyongyang and met Kim Jong Il - the current leader's father and predecessor - three times, including a 2002 meeting also held in Vladivostok.

During bilateral talks, the two leaders "had a constructive conversation in the friendly and honest atmosphere", KCNA added noting that the conversation lasted for a while.

Following their talks on Thursday, Putin indicated that he might be willing to play a bigger role in breaking the stalemate over Washington's push for denuclearization and Kim's demands for sanctions relief.

Details of their meeting, which lasted 3½hours, were not revealed. Kim "confirmed his determination to open a new period of flourishing Korean-Russian relations in accordance with plans of former leaders", KCNA noted.

"The entire world is focused on the Korean peninsula, and I believe we can have very meaningful dialogue and evaluate and share our views on this together", he said in his opening address, according to Russian news agency Tass.

Mr Kim told Mr Putin that the "DPRK will gird itself for every possible situation", KCNA said.

He also said he will have an open and honest discussion with the US. "There is a much simpler way to deal with it and that is to denuclearise", he said.

Last week, North Korea demanded that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be removed from the talks and strongly criticized national security adviser John Bolton.

Pyongyang tried to urge flexibility, but Washington insisted on maintaining maximum pressure and sanctions.

But Washington was unlikely to be swayed, he added, with analyst Kim also doubting the United States would be "surprised or alarmed".

"We have absolutely no idea how those vehicles were delivered to North Korea", Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert said.

Trump has said he "fell in love" with Kim, possibly indicating a proclivity to being swayed toward accommodation with the North Korean leader, although that declaration came before the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February that collapsed in disagreement.

Kim also sat down for lunch with the local governor and business people on the outskirts of town before going to the main railway station but did not show up at an aquarium and a ballet performance.

North Korea, however, isn't one of its official customers.

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