North Korea has warned the U.S. against military threats and pressure prior to a historic summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The U.S. and North Korean leaders are due to meet in a summit in late May or in Early June.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the U.S. was provoking Pyongyang indicating that Washington will not lift sanctions against DPRK until it gives up nuclear weapons.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry statement also slammed the U.S. over “its attempt of taking up human rights issue against the DPRK.”
The statement published on North Korean state-run news agency KCNA reads: “the U.S. is misleading the public opinion, arguing as if the DPRK’s clarification of its intention for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula made through the Panmunjom Declaration adopted at the historic north-south summit is the result of so-called sanctions and pressure.”
Accusing the U.S. of ‘deliberately’ provoking North Korea, the statement added: The U.S. is deliberately provoking the DPRK 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.
“This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one.”
North Korean Foreign Ministry said North Korea has a “peace-loving intention” and the U.S. against regarding the DPRK’s ‘peace-loving intention” as a sign of weakness.
As KCNA quoted North Korean Foreign Ministry statement: “It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the U.S. miscalculates the peace-loving intention of the DPRK as a sign of “weakness” and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats against the latter.”
North Korea has also slammed the South Korean Liberal Korea Party (LKP) for calling the Panmunjom summit “a press release written on words of the north” and “it is nothing but a feast of words.”
“The ultra-right conservative group including the LKP deserve due punishment for their high treason,” the North Korean state-run news agency KCNA reported.