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N.Korea's Kim could meet with Russia's Putin next week

N.Korea's Kim could meet with Russia's Putin next week

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that he will actively push for another meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to help resume dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington.

On Monday, the North's state TV began its programming earlier than on other national holidays and broadcast programmes highlighting the achievements of the late founder and the legitimacy of the current Kim Jong-un regime.

Trump said after the summit that North Korea had committed to "totally" dismantling its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, but that the lifting of the sanctions would require Pyongyang to scrap other nuclear facilities and programs, including undeclared ones.

Moon's office did not provide a timeline on when his fourth summit with Kim might take place.

"I look forward to the day, which could be soon, when Nuclear Weapons and Sanctions can be removed, and then watching North Korea become one of the most successful nations of the World", Trump added.

However, Kim said he remained committed to improving relations with South Korea if it showed its "sincerity by practical action, not by words".

After the meeting with Moon, Trump said in Washington that the US could make "smaller deals" with the DPRK "step by step". "North Korea has demonstrated its intention to continue talks".

Trump has welcomed further talks with Kim, insisting their personal relationship was "excellent".

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North Korea had been urging the South to break away from Washington and proceed with inter-Korean economic projects that are now held back by sanctions.

In late March, South Korean media reported that Kim Chang Son, the de facto chief of staff for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, visited Moscow to discuss a visit to Russian Federation by the latter, Trend reports citing Sputnik. Kim said in the speech that he is willing to try a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its approach.

Kim blamed the collapse of his second summit with Trump on what he described as Washington's unilateral demands.

"The South and the United States agreed to closely cooperate to create a virtuous cycle of inter-Korean talks and North-U.S. talks", he said.

President Moon Jae-in, center, moves into a reception room in the Blue House along with military leaders who attended a ceremony where they were promoted to higher ranks on Monday.

Kim, who has recently pledged to build a "powerful socialist economy", asked the United States to ease economic sanctions, arguing it has already started to implement concrete measures toward denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Moon did not directly address Kim's criticism, but said he has "high regard" for what he saw as Kim's strong commitment to diplomacy.