Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Moon has message for Kim Jong Un from Trump, sources say

Moon has message for Kim Jong Un from Trump, sources say

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to meet President Vladimir Putin in Russian Federation later this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, as Moscow looks to gain a greater role in the global outreach with Pyongyang.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said officials knew about the report and added that the U.S.is ready to take part in productive talks with North Korea.

"Our scientists, technicians and workers are, indeed, great and there is no weapon impossible to make when they are determined to do", Kim said, KCNA reported.

Chairman Kim will be in Russian Federation "in the second half of April" on Putin's invitation, it said in a statement on Thursday but gave no further details.

"Russia needs some sort of control over the situation on the Korean peninsula".

"As long as the North Koreans believe they can flatter and dupe the USA president into making important concessions. they will resist dealing with less gullible and more demanding subordinate US officials".

"There will be declarations, promises, they will sign yet another declaration of intent to increase trade 10 times in five years, but after two years they will forget about it", he said.

Despite Pompeo's comments, the future of US engagement with North Korea has appeared to be in limbo since the summit, with no sign of direct contact between the two sides. In February, Trump cut the summit short, and the two leaders left without a deal.

The North Korean statement said Mr. Pompeo was "misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement" for the negotiations to be finalized by the year's end, and referred to his "talented skill of fabricating stories".

"We can not be aware of Pompeo's ulterior motive behind his self-indulgence in reckless remarks; whether he is indeed unable to understand words properly or just pretending on objective", Kwon Jong Gun, a high-ranking North Korean official said, according to state news agency KCNA. He said the USA must change its methods by the end of the year.

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Pyongyang has been far happier to deal directly with Trump, who critics fear is too soft on the regime and is not sufficiently versed in diplomacy. "We have a good relationship".

Putin has been something of an outsider over the past year as Kim has held multiple summits with the leaders of China, the United States and South Korea.

It isn't clear how Trump will respond to North Korea's latest test.

Kim observed the unspecified weapon being fired Wednesday by the Academy of Defence Science, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said. "It was air force inspection yesterday and short-range missile test today, so we can even go on to guess there may be a nuclear provocation next year".

South Korea's unification minister said he will push for a South Korea-style temple stay program at a Buddhist temple in North Korea.

The message includes "things that matter to the current course of action, things that have to lead to something positive for the U.S. -DPRK summit", a source said.

Trump wants Kim to completely abandon his nuclear weapons program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Putin publicly invited Kim to visit Moscow past year.

"Firing ballistic missile may provide reason for additional sanctions from the worldwide community so North Korea chose to voice their opinion without receiving negative response on their military actions", Moon Sung-muk, an arms-control expert at Korea Research Institute for Strategy, told ABC News.

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