Kim Jong-un shows little interest in maintaining relations with US
On the two-year anniversary of the first summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US president Donald Trump, former questions the need of maintaining ties with later. The relations between the two on-and-off conflicting nations, who once threatened each other with nuclear attack, were at its best two years ago following the historic Singapore summit in June 2018.
In his recent remark, reported on Friday, Kim said that there was no need to keep “holding hands” with the US and showed little interest in working towards US-N.Korea relations. The North Korean leader accused Washington of promoting hostile polices.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon said the hope for better relationship between the two countries “which was high in the air under the global spotlight two years ago – has now been shifted into despair”.
“Even a slim ray of optimism for peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula has faded away into a dark nightmare,” he said, as per the information carried by state news agency KCNA.
Ri also accused the Trump administration of pressing political supremacy over the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) rather than improving relations, along with cornering and threatening the country with increased sanctions and preemptive nuclear strikes.
He said, “Never again will we provide the U.S. chief executive with another package to be used for achievements without receiving any returns. Nothing is more hypocritical than an empty promise.” The foreign minister added that his country would instead “build up more reliable force to cope with the long-term military threats from the US”. The ties between the two rival nations started to turn sour after the second summit, held in Vietnam, due to lack of an agreement as Washington pushed Pyongyang for complete denuclearisation and North Korea demanded quick lifting of its sanctions.