>> North Korea rang in 2019 with fireworks, performances, an ice sculpture of the national dog, and a message from its leader Kim Jong Un to US President Donald Trump. Kim said he's ready to move forward with denuclearization, but said he would not wait forever.>>
> I am always ready to sit down again with the US president at any time.
And will make efforts to produce an outcome that the international community would welcome. However if the US 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, we have no option but to explore a new path In order to protect our sovereignty, and achieve peace on the Korean Peninsular.
>> Kim and Trump vowed to work towards denuclearization and build lasting and stable peace at their landmark summit in Singapore in June. But little progress has been made since. Although Pyongyang did not conduct nuclear or missile tests in the last year, Satellite images have pointed to continued activity at possible weapons facilities.
Washington halted some large scale military exercises with South Korea to aid nuclear negotiations. But smaller drills continued, U.S led international sanctions on North Korea remain in place. Kim's annual televised speech is closely watched as a rare public appearance for the young leader, setting the tone for the year ahead South Korea responded positively to Kim's New Year's message.
>> The government welcomes the new year address of Chairman Kim Jong-un that North Korea will continue to work toward complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, and expanding inter-Korean relations.>> The two Koreas still technically remain at war.