North Korea warns of US pressure to destroy what has been achieved[/rtl]
[rtl]Release date: 2018/5/6 10:57 • 123 times read[/rtl]
(AFP) - Weeks before the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang on Sunday criticized what it called "misleading" claims that Trump's policy of maximizing political pressure and sanctions was what prompted Korea North to the negotiating table.
The official Korean News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as warning that such allegations were a "dangerous attempt" to destroy the current breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula after Kim's summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Ginn.
During the summit, Kim agreed on a number of measures aimed at promoting inter-Korean relations and said he was ready to discuss denuclearization on the peninsula, although details of it were not yet discussed.
Trump and senior US officials have repeatedly said that Washington's tough policy toward North Korea - along with pressure on its main trading partner, China - played a crucial role in changing the very tense situation.
Last year, while Kim was firing long-range ballistic missiles at a record pace and giving tramps to Trump, mere thought of putting the issue of nuclear disarmament on the table seemed "impossible".
But what the North Korean media reported on Sunday seems to be aimed at strengthening Kim's position in his meeting with Trump. Pyongyang says Kim himself is the cause of the current situation.
"The United States is deliberately provoking North Korea at a time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is moving towards peace and reconciliation," the spokesman said.
The Trump-Kim summit is expected to be held later this month or early June