Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

North Korea criticize USA for misleading and provocative move

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NORTH Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of US-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.

"The US is deliberately provoking [North Korea] at the time when the situation on the Korean peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation thanks to the historic north-south summit and the Panmunjom Declaration", says a statement from the regime.

There has been no official announcement so far on when or where the U.S.

The comments mark the first criticism from North Korea since Trump announced plans to meet with Kim later this year.

The date and location of the summit between Kim and the USA president have yet to be announced. According to CBS News, the "North's official news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman".

North Korea said Sunday the USA was misleading public opinion and provoking the regime by seeing Kim's willingness to denuclearize as a sign of "weakness" resulting from sanctions and pressure on the regime.

Singapore was also believed to be a potential site.

The summit will be the first time a sitting USA president will meet with a leader of the North Korean regime.


Earlier there were speculations that the two leaders would meet in the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, between North and South Korea - the venue of the recent North-South Korea summit, later this month.

The U.S. and China would also oversee the complex and years-long peace process that could end with a U.S. withdrawal from the Korean Peninsula, said Korea analyst Barry Blechman of the Stimson Center in Washington.

Just a day after the inter-Korean summit, Moon spoke over the phone with Trump for one hour and 15 minutes.

"The USB makes the case to Kim - there really is another path for you", John Delury, an expert in North Korean affairs at Seoul's Yonsei University, told Axios.

North Korea has also described movement of United States military assets in to the region as "a unsafe attempt to ruin the hard earned atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one". "It's all agreed to", the president said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said if North Korea were to free the three Americans ahead of the summit "we certainly would see this as a sign of good will".

At that speech in MI, the crowd chanted "Nobel, Nobel, Nobel", possibly suggesting the president deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements. -North Korea summit, according to the Blue House.

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