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(LEAD) Kim says Korean Peninsula peace entirely depends on Washington's future attitude

All News 06:45 April 26, 2019

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SEOUL, April 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said that peace and security on the Korean Peninsula will entirely depend on Washington's future attitude during his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, state media said Friday.

In the summit held in Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok on Thursday, Kim blamed Washington's "unilateral" attitude for the breakdown of his February meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump and the current stalemate in denuclearization negotiations, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"The situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point where it may return to its original state as the U.S. took an unilateral attitude in bad faith at the recent second DPRK-U.S. summit talks," Kim was quoted as saying by the KCNA.

"And (he) added that 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," it said, using the acronym of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Kim also invited Putin to visit North Korea "at a convenient time" and the Russian leader accepted the invitation, the KCNA reported.


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