North Korea news: Kim Jong-un has sent an ominous message to the United States (Image: GETTY)
The hermit-kingdom despot used his New Year address to stage the intervention. He said there would be faster progress on denuclearisation if the United States took corresponding action. He also added he is willing to meet US President Donald Trump at any time to produce results the international community would welcome.
However Kim said on Tuesday while his resolve for complete denuclearisation remains unchanged, he may have to seek a “new path” if the United States continues to demand unilateral action from North Korea.
According to Kim, North Korea would have “no option but to explore a new path in order to protect our sovereignty” if the United States “miscalculates our people's patience, forces something upon us and pursues sanctions and pressure without keeping a promise it made in front of the world”.
It was not clear what “new path” the North Korean leader was referring to.
Kim and Trump vowed to work towards denuclearisation and build a “lasting and stable” peace regime at their landmark summit in Singapore in June, but both sides have since been struggling to make progress.
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North Korea: Kim and Trump have been working towards denuclearisation (Image: GETTY)