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Kim Says US Acted in 'Bad Faith' in Hanoi Talks

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North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un (Korean Central News Agency/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 25 April 2019 10:46 PM

North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursday accused the United States of operating in "bad faith" at February's Hanoi summit, which produced no breakthroughs in talks about the North's denuclearization and U.S. sanctions.

Kim added peace on the peninsula depended on the United States' "future attitude."

At the meeting in Vietnam between the two leaders, Trump had demanded sanctions relief only if North Korean abandoned its nuclear weapons program. Kim wanted sanctions relief in exchange for dismantling a single nuclear facility.

But the balance the U.S. sought shifted dramatically Thursday, when Kim met with Russia's President Vladimir Putin — a sit-down described by the Korean Central News Agency as "unreserved and friendly," AFP reported.

Kim declared "the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point," the news agency reported. And he warned the situation "may return to its original state as the U.S. took an unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-US summit talks."

"Peace and security on the Korean peninsula will entirely depend on the U.S. future attitude, and the DPRK will gird itself for every possible situation," he said, AFP reported.

Kim said he hoped to usher in a "new heyday" in ties between Pyongyang and Moscow.

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