Donald Trump with Kim Jong Un during Hanoi meeting
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Kim Jong Un: US Acted In 'Bad Faith' At Vietnam Talks

The North Korean leader warned of a return to tension as he blamed the US for acting in bad faith in the February summit with Donald Trump.

Donald Trump with Kim Jong Un during Hanoi meeting

After a second summit between the two leaders was cut short, the US President said their relationship was "very strong" (Picture: PA).

Kim Jong Un has accused the United States of acting in "bad faith" at his February meeting with Donald Trump in Hanoi, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Talks between the two leaders collapsed at the summit in Vietnam, with no progress on a US demand that the North give up its nuclear program and a North Korean demand for an easing of sanctions.

The North Korean leader also said that peace in the Korean peninsula was dependent on Washington.

He made the remarks at Thursday's summit with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, where he also said he would wait until the end of the year for the United States to be more flexible.

KCNA said Mr Putin credited Mr Kim's diplomatic initiatives for stabilising the situation surrounding the peninsula and accepted Mr Kim's invitation to visit North Korea at a "convenient time".

No specific measures coming out of the summit have been reported by either side.

Mr Kim paid his respects at a ceremony honouring the war dead to round off his visit on Friday.

He arrived about two hours later than expected at a park near the headquarters of the Russian navy's Pacific Fleet for the wreath-laying ceremony.

Wearing a black suit and a fedora, he followed two goose-stepping Russian soldiers carrying a plate of red flowers with his name spelled out in Korean in gold colours on a red ribbon.

Kim Jong Un with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin has met Kim Jong Un to discuss North Korea's nuclear programme.

Mr Kim then laid flowers, took off his hat and bowed as a Russian military band played music, including North Korea's national anthem.

Mr Kim left for Pyongyang on Friday afternoon by his private train about four hours earlier than planned after his delegation requested to cut his visit short, Russian news agencies reported.

Following their talks on Thursday, Mr Putin indicated that he might be willing to play a bigger role in breaking the stalemate over Washington's push for denuclearisation and Mr Kim's demands for sanctions relief.

N Korea missile test November 2017
A North Korean missile launch in November 2017 (Picture: PA).

He said he would be willing to share details with the United States about his summit with Mr Kim and suggested that Pyongyang is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees supported by a multinational agreement.

After meeting Mr Kim, Mr Putin later headed for a two-day trip to Beijing, where he said he will inform the Chinese leadership about the summit.

The leaders' comments suggest there has been no significant shift in Mr Kim's position.

North Korea has all along contended that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as U.S. hostility and wants concrete reassurances of its safety.

This includes the removal of the American nuclear threat as an integral part of the denuclearisation of the entire Korean Peninsula.