Kim Jong-Un And I Fell In Love

Ri says it's a "pipe dream" that continued sanctions and USA objection to a declaration ending the Korean War will ever bring the North to its knees.

The minister instead highlighted three meetings between Mr Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in the past five months and added: "If the party to this issue of denuclearisation were South Korea and not the USA, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock".

The number of North Korean defectors to South Korea has fallen since Kim Jong-un came to power seven years ago, a South Korean lawmaker has said.

North Korea's foreign minister put much of the blame for the stalled momentum on US domestic politics.

Earlier this month, the leaders of the two countries met in Pyongyang for talks that centred on the stalled denuclearisation negotiations.

But on Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho blamed U.S. sanctions for the lack of progress since then.

"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the USA", he said. "We fell in love", Trump told the crowd.

"He wrote me attractive letters and they're great letters".

He joked about criticism he would get from the news media for making a comment some would consider "unpresidential" and for being so positive about the North Korean leader. And we were going back and forth, and then we fell in love, OK.

Trump, on the other hand, seemed more optimistic about US-North Korea relations.

Mr Kim has also promised to dismantle North Korea's main missile testing and launching site, and said he could decommission the main nuclear test site, if the U.S. took some reciprocal action.

'The missiles and rockets are no longer flying in every direction, nuclear testing has stopped, some military facilities are already being dismantled, ' Trump said.

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he would return to Pyongyang in October to prepare for a follow-up Trump-Kim summit.

Moon and Kim held their third meeting this year in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang in mid-September, when Kim proposed the idea of the canine presents, the South Korean presidential Blue House said in a statement on Sunday.

"Past diplomatic attempts to halt North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile development were unsuccessful", Pompeo said.

It added that the USA is only intent on keeping sanctions in place without holding up its end of the bargain amid a mood of detente on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Jon Douglas