Seoul, September 29 (WNN) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Pyongyang would restore communication lines with Seoul in early October, in a sign of melting inter-Korean ties, as well as calling US efforts at diplomacy a “small ploy”. will be conducted by the state media. reported on Thursday.
In a speech on Wednesday at the Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament, Kim said he wants communication channels to be restarted to see a “recovery”. [N]Meaning-[S]According to the Korean Central News Agency, relations with the resolution of the current standoff in the Korean peninsula and lasting peace.
Kim said progress “depends on attitude”. [S]outside Korean officials” and noted that the North has “neither the purpose nor the reason to provoke”. [S]Korea outside and has no idea of harming it.”
While North Korea is opening the door to better ties on the peninsula, it continues to stifle diplomatic efforts by the United States, a move that analysts see as an attempt to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington to extract concessions. saw.
In his address, Kim said that the United States is “completely uncompromising in posing military threats and pursuing a hostile policy. [North Korea]and called the engagement efforts “nothing more than a petty ploy to deceive the international community and hide its hostile acts”.
Washington responded to Kim’s claims and called on North Korea to return to the negotiating table.
“The United States has no hostile intentions towards the DPRK,” a State Department spokesperson said in an email to WNN. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the official name of North Korea.
“Our policy calls for a calibrated, pragmatic approach that seeks serious and sustained diplomacy with the DPRK to make concrete progress to enhance the security of the United States, our allies and our deployed forces,” the spokesman said. ” “We stand ready to meet with the DPRK without preconditions. We expect the DPRK to respond positively to our outreach.”
Washington’s talks with Pyongyang have stalled since Kim Jong Un and then-President Donald Trump ended without a deal in February 2019.
Inter-Korean ties have also soured since North Korea destroyed a joint liaison office in the border town of Kaesong last year and cut all communications with the South.
Pyongyang briefly restarted cross-border hotlines in July, but last month stopped responding to them in protest of joint US-South Korea military exercises, which the North often says is a rehearsal for an invasion.
In his address, Kim again criticized joint exercises as well as the South’s continued military build-up, saying that Seoul must end its “dual attitudes and hostile attitudes and policies” before relations can improve and end the war. The end may be announced. be signed.
The two Koreas technically remain at war, as the 1950–53 conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a keynote speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week called for an official end to the war, saying it would mark “irreversible progress in denuclearization and usher in an era of complete peace.”
Last week, Kim Jong Un’s influential sister Kim Yo Jong called the proposal “an interesting and admirable idea”.
The North Korean leader’s address came after three recent weapons tests Pyongyang claimed were the successful launch of a new hypersonic missile that could prove difficult for defense systems to track and intercept.
Kim said the country’s continued military development was a means to “contain the military moves of hostile forces” on the Korean peninsula and explained its “super-modern weapons, which are being developed at an extremely rapid rate”.