And the North Korean dictator issued a chilling threat to the world as his negotiations with Washington fell apart. Kim Jong-un warned that his country’s new weapons development would be unveiled soon to defy the “gangster-like” US, who have levelled sanctions on Pyongyang. North Korean state media said: “He [Kim Jong-un] said that we will never allow the impudent US to abuse the dialogue for meeting its sordid aim but will shift to a shocking actual action to make it pay for the pains sustained by our people so far and for the development so far restrained.”
Kim added: “If the US persists in its hostile policy… there will never be the denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and North Korea will steadily develop necessary and prerequisite strategic weapons for the security of the state until the US rolls back its hostile policy.
“In the past two years alone… North Korea took preemptive and crucial measures of halting its nuclear test and shutting down the nuclear-test ground for building confidence between North Korea and the US.
“The US, far from responding to the former with appropriate measures, conducted tens of big and small joint military drills which its president personally promised to stop and threatened the former militarily through the shipment of ultra-modern warfare equipment into (South Korea).”
The North Korea leader also threatened that “the world will witness a new strategic weapon” from Pyongyang “in the near future”, while giving no further details.
He made the chilling warning at the turn of the year in January.
North Korea completed a staggering 10 missile tests in 2019, despite Donald Trump’s best efforts to quell Kim’s nuclear programme.
In February 2019, the two met in Hanoi, Vietnam, and talks initially looked promising when a reporter asked Kim whether he was considering denuclearisation.
The North Korean President responded: “If I’m not willing to do that, I wouldn’t be here right now.”
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Trump said on Wednesday that if it weren’t for the US presidential election campaign, North Korea, Iran and China would be at the negotiation table wanting to make a deal with the US.
He said in an interview with Fox News: “If we didn’t have an election now, two things would happen. Number one, our stock market would be even higher.
“Another thing is, Iran, China and everybody would be at the table within 24 hours wanting to make a deal, including North Korea.
“By the way, if Hillary Clinton had got in, you would be in a war by now with North Korea.”