A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted warning President Donald Trump for “misleading” comments that could potentially jeopardize contemporary inter-Korean diplomatic relations.
In the weeks preceding the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tensions are high.
Despite the uneasy diplomatic environment, the American commander-in-chief has doubled down on his efforts to praise himself and his administration for his alleged role in the peace talks with the North Korean regime.
Notably, President Trump asserted that the U.S. political pressure and economic sanctions on North Korea drove them to the negotiations. Pyongyang responded by deeming Trump's claims “misleading.”
KCNA, North Korea's official news agency, reported that a Foreign Ministry spokesman warned that Trump's claims were a “dangerous attempt” to ruin the budding relationship between the two Koreas. The report came just after Kim's summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
“The US is deliberately provoking the DPRK when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is moving towards peace and reconciliation,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.
The spokesman warned the White House not to interpret Pyongyang's willingness to talk as a sign of weakness. Additionally, North Korea warned the U.S. of returning the peninsula “back to square one.”
The statement reflects a consistently divisive ideology difference between the two leaders. While Trump believes he heralded the peace talks, Kim believes he is the catalyst for the peace efforts.
North Korea's recent willingness to discuss terms with the U.S. and its southern counterpart represents a massive shift in contemporary politics. A year ago, Kim's relentless nuclear missile program featured the launching of missiles at a record pace and disgusting combative dialogue between the two leaders.
Allies to both countries were also concerned about the political environment. Japan was host to an unexpected missile that flew over one of its islands.
Now Kim and Trump are expected to meet sometime during the coming weeks. President Trump even stated that the date and place have been set, adding that he believes that the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) may be a suitable venue.
“We now have a date and we have a location. We'll be announcing it soon,” Trump told reporters on Friday.
Before the two presidents meet, the White House is hoping to maneuver the talks to allow the release of three Korean-Americans who were accused of engaging in anti-state activities. While there has been no official word on the topic, the three men have been moved to the capital.
H/T: NZ Herald