Kim uses New Year's address to warn Trump

In this undated image from video distributed on Tuesday Jan. 1 2019 by North Korean broadcaster KRT North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a speech in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim says he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with

"'Kim Jong Un says North Korea will not make or test nuclear weapons, or give them to others - & he is ready to meet President Trump anytime, '" Trump tweeted, apparently citing a PBS News Hour report on Kim's New Year's address earlier in the day.

In annual New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns denuclearization talks could fall apart unless the USA speeds up negotiations to ease sanctions on Pyongyang; Kitty Logan reports from London.

Kim called for sanctions against North Korea to be lifted, and also called on South Korea to stop participating in joint military exercises with the U.S.

Kim also sent a letter to Moon on Sunday, expressing his willingness to meet his South Korean counterpart "often" in the coming year to move their peace process and denuclearization talks forward, according to the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

After racing towards the goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. in 2017, Kim used last year's New Year speech to warn that "a nuclear button is always on the desk of my office" and order mass production of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.

Mr Kim, who spoke mainly about domestic economic issues in his 30-minute speech, said inter-Korea ties have entered a "completely new phase" after three summits.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Tuesday he wanted to continue de-nuclearization discussions with the United States, but warned that his patience should not be tested.

He also called for a halt to the deployment of "strategic assets" on the Korean Peninsula, an apparent reference to US bombers and submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

The North is demanding sanctions relief - it is subject to multiple measures over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program - and has condemned United States insistence on its nuclear disarmament as "gangster-like".

Mr Kim's speech was closely watched as North Korean leaders traditionally use New Year's statements to reflect on the past year and issue major policy goals for the year ahead.

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The two leaders had traded personal insults - Trump mocked Kim as "Little Rocket Man", who in turn called him a "mentally deranged USA dotard" - and threats of war as fears of conflict rose.

North Korea has not responded to Washington's calls for senior working-level talks to follow up on the June 12 summit, apparently preferring to engage Trump rather than other USA officials in its negotiations. Pyongyang over the past months has accused Washington of failing to take corresponding measures following the North's unilateral dismantlement of a nuclear testing ground and suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests.

The two leaders made global headlines with an unprecedented summit in Singapore in June, where they signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

According to Sky News, Kim said: "Now that North and South Korea chose to take the path of peace and prosperity, we insist that joint military exercises with outside forces should no longer be allowed and deployment of war equipment such as outside strategic assets should be completely stopped". North Korea has ceased its provocative ballistic missile tests in recent months.

That could suggest Kim wants the resumption of the two projects as sanctions relief from the U.S. Neither of those would be possible for South Korea unless sanctions are removed.

Kim did not specify what the new approach might be.

South Korea praised the speech, noting that it was the first time that Mr Kim had uttered the term "complete denuclearisation" in public.

Kim also warned the U.S.in his remarks that if there was not more progress on the US side, that North Korea may have to "seek another way".

Kim Joon-hyung, a professor of worldwide politics at Handong Global University, said one possible scenario was the North's dismantling of the Yongbyon nuclear complex, as offered at an inter-Korean summit in September in Pyongyang, and acknowledging some facilities in return for eased sanctions, such as a partial restart of inter-Korean economic projects.

David Maxwell, a North Korea expert and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, called the speech and setting "a brilliantly crafted performance".

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