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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Warns of ‘New Path’ If U.S. Keeps Up Sanctions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he’s prepared to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at any time in 2019 to discuss denuclearization but warned that the country may find a “new path” if Washington keeps up its sanctions. In a televised New Year’s address to the nation, Kim said Pyongyang will have “no option but to explore a new path in order to protect our sovereignty” if the U.S. “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.” The North Korean leader also said progress on denuclearization will happen sooner if the U.S. starts making compromises. One of Pyongyang’s demands, he said, is for South Korea to “completely stop” joint military drills with the U.S. that involve strategic assets.