North Korea criticize USA for misleading and provocative move

According to South Korean media, the historical meeting of U.S. President Donald trump and the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-UN could be held in June in Singapore. It is also reported that the Trump-Kim summit would most likely be held in the third week of June, after Trump attends the G-7 Summit slated for June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada.

The truce village of Panmunjeom on the border of North and South Korea has also been considered, especially after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim met there last month, when Kim became the first North Korean leader to cross the border into the South.

The United States should not "deliberately provoke" the North by moving to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues, KCNA said, citing a foreign ministry spokesman. South Korea said US troops need to stay in the area even after a peace treaty is concluded to replace the armistice.

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".

PREMIUM The inter-Korean summit in April was nothing short of significant.

Still, given Trump's unpredictability, the possibility remains that he could change course and decide he would prefer to meet in Panmunjom.

North Korea asserted that the USA was "deliberately" provoking the former, at a time when relations between Pyongyang and Seoul have cooled down rapidly following the historic inter-Korean summit last month.

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North Korea has noticeably toned down its bombastic rhetoric as the historic Trump-Kim summit approaches, but unresolved issues continue to threaten the pursuit of peace.

The North Korean official also alleged that U.S. claims are misleading that Pyongyang is motivated by fear of United States military strength and concerns about aggressive economic sanctions put in place because of North's nuclear and missile programs.

Business Insider also reported that the map is a blueprint for how economic cooperation between the two Koreas could work and includes three "belts" - one along the east coast and Russian Federation for energy and resources, another along the west coast for transportation and logistics, and a third across the land border for tourism.

"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize".

In a Korean language version of the statement, the foreign ministry also warned the US that it should not misjudge North Korea's recent diplomatic efforts as "weakness".

Japan "will never be able to set foot on (North Korea's) sacred land, even in 100 million years", the paper said in an online commentary.

  • Adam Floyd