Kim Jong Un: North Korea may seek a 'new path' if US doesn't negotiate

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned the U.S. against continuing to sanction North Korea in his New Year's speech Tuesday.

Kim said he would have to seek a "new path" if the U.S. moves forward with sanctions and pressure, and demanded that the U.S. not hold further joint military exercises with South Korea, according to media reports.


He added that he's prepared for more denuclearization talks with the U.S. and said he's willing to meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE, according to media reports. 

But Kim said North Korea will need to take a different path if the U.S. “continues to break its promises and misjudges our patience by unilaterally demanding certain things and pushes ahead with sanctions and pressure," according to The Associated Press.

Trump and Kim held a historic summit in June in Singapore, where Kim made a vague pledge to give up his nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief. 

Kim did not provide a timeline for that denuclearization, however, and reports have since emerged suggesting that the country is continuing to upgrade its nuclear capabilities.