Kim Jong Un said Washington should stop breaking promises and lift sanctions – or Pyongyang may change path.

North Korea’s leader has said he is committed to denuclearisation, but his New Year message came laced with a warning to the United States.

Kim Jong Un said Washington should stop breaking promises and lift sanctions – or Pyongyang may change path.

His televised address came at the end of a year which saw a historic summit with Donald Trump in Singapore in June.

It was an occasion the communist leader says he would be keen to repeat: “I am ready to meet with the US president again at any time and will make efforts to surely create outcomes welcomed by the international community,” Kim said.

“However, if the United States continues to break its promises and misjudges our patience by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure against our republic, then we may have to seek another way to protect our country’s sovereignty and interest and establish peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” he added.

A key theme in Kim’s address was the economy – it made up the bulk of his speech – and the impact of sanctions. Various UN sanctions relating to Pyongyang’s banned weapons programme are in force, bringing a huge impact on the impoverished country.

But while Kim wants the punitive measures lifted, Washington has been sceptical of the denuclearisation process – while satellite images have indicated renewed nuclear activity.

Although there were no specifics behind the warning that North Korea may “seek another way” unless the US makes a move, it’s thought it could mean renewed missile testing.

Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have come a long way since the two leaders’ exchanges of threats and insults in 2017, against a background of provocative missile tests by North Korea.

But while Kim Jong Un says he wants to continue along the diplomatic path, the clear hint is that without some response from the United States, the rapprochement witnessed last year may go into reverse.

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