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Moon says he's ready for a fourth summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to help salvage faltering nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.

South Korean and USA officials have said the North Korean regime had ordered the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule.

In a speech to Pyongyang's rubber-stamp parliament on Friday, Kim said the Hanoi meeting raised questions about Washington's intention but added he will wait until the end of the year for the U.S. to make "a courageous decision".

North Korea marked the birthday of founding leader Kim Il Sung on Monday with calls for loyalty to his grandson and current leader Kim Jong Un. "But U.S. -style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it".

Kim said he would wait until the end of the year "for the U.S. to make a courageous decision" to change its approach and smooth the path to another meeting, state media reported, after his most recent summit with Trump in Vietnam broke down without agreement.

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.

North Korea has held a series of sports and cultural events over the last few days.

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In a celebratory report, Choe lauded the late leader's "rare wisdom, outstanding guidance and noble virtue" for leading the country's "revolution and construction only to victory", according to the Korean Central News Agency.

President Donald Trump met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House last week.

Although they described the exercises as defensive in nature, the United States and South Korea have downsized the drills to create a space for diplomacy with North Korea, which sees them as invasion rehearsals.

But Moon did not specifically respond to Kim's criticism that South Korea was too subservient to the "anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy of the United States", and that the South's military persisted in "veiled hostility" by conducting exercises with USA forces.

Screenshot of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet.

Moon's message was clearly a response to Kim's speech to newly-elected members of the North's rubber stamp legislature on Friday.

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