The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was ready today to meet "at any time" with the president of the United States, Donald Trump, but warned to adopt "new measures" if the "patience" of the Pyongyang regime is misinterpreted.
"I am willing to meet with the president of the United States at any time to promote the improvement of the international community," Kim said in his New Year message, reproduced by South Korean media.
However, he pointed out that the economic sanctions applied against the Pyongyang regime must be ended and added that "it would be inevitable" to adopt "new decisions and initiatives" if the "patience" of North Korea is misinterpreted.
Kim's New Year's message is considered to be the North Korean leader's most important annual speech because it serves to know both his domestic policy objectives and his reaction to the treatment his regime receives from other countries.
Kim expressed his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, something that has been insisting in recent months and was picked up in the first meeting he had with Trump last June, in Singapore.
But he also called for "corresponding measures" from the United States, referring to the sanctions that that country and the UN are applying for the program of ballistic and nuclear tests of the Pyongyang regime.
In his message, Kim praised the results of the three summits he held last year with his colleague from the south, Moon Jae-in, and assured that what has been achieved implies a "de facto non-aggression agreement".