By James Sweet | United States
While the United States and the executive branch believes its sanctions and tough diplomacy against North Korea is working, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official thinks otherwise.
The official believes the American government is “misleading public opinion” by believing the sanctions are the primary reason behind Korean peace talks. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet in the next few months, although a time and place has not been publicly announced.
The North Korean government has also stated that the United States should refrain from putting “pressure and military threats” against the regime. “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.
“This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one. It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the US miscalculates the peace-loving intention of [North Korea] as a sign of ‘weakness’ and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats against the latter.”
The state news agency, KCNA, reported that the North Korean government was giving credit to their leader and his “boldness, patriotism and leadership” for the new diplomatic revelations.