North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has laid down an end-of-year marker for the United States to agree to terms for a nuclear deal while signaling he may agree to a third summit with President Trump.
Kim said that he will wait "till the end of this year" for the U.S. to decide to be more flexible in negotiations, North Korea's Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday, according to Reuters.
“It is essential for the U.S. to quit its current calculation method and approach us with a new one,” Kim was quoted as saying during a speech to the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country's rubber-stamp legislature.
Trump responded to Kim's comments Saturday morning on Twitter, writing that "our personal relationship remains very good" and that "a third Summit would be good in that we fully understand where we each stand."
German automaker Daimler say they have no idea how Kim Jong-un got hold of two of their limos, after Kim was seen at Vladivostok in the luxury motors at meetings with Vladimir Putin this week (pictured: one of Kim's Daimler's, top; stepping out of his car at the train station, bottom left; and boarding his train, bottom right).
'We have absolutely no idea how those vehicles were delivered to North Korea,' Daimler spokeswoman Silke Mockert said in a written response. 'For Daimler, the correct export of products in conformance with the law is a fundamental principle of responsible entrepreneurial activity.'
For Pyongyang to change course, it needs more in response. Action for action. A little sanctions relief to acknowledge the limited steps towards denuclearisation that North Korea has already taken.
As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia says it's committed to the process of denuclearisation.
A new report provides a glimpse into how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gets his armored limousines despite sanctions against luxury goods.
Kim often travels in vehicles like the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard, but given the heavy sanctions against North Korea, it's unclear how these luxury vehicles, sold only to vetted buyers, actually get in the country. The researchers Lucas Kuo and Jason Arterburn with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) said they traced two luxury vehicles' path from Rotterdam, Netherlands, through four countries to the streets of Pyongyang, North Korea.
UN sanctions on luxury goods sales to North Korea have been in place since 2006. But reports of Kim's lavish lifestyle indicate that sanctions, President Donald Trump's primary tactic in preventing North Korean nuclear proliferation, are effective only to a certain point.