North Korea tells the South it has no reason to feel threatened by its nuclear program.
“North Korea’s weapons are only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russia.”
That was the chilling message Kim Jong-un sent to Donald Trump through one of his top diplomats.
During the first meeting of North and South Korea officials in more than two years, Ri Son Gwon made the statement to assure his counterparts that the regime only had one enemy.
The US State Department had earlier warned that Kim would try to use the dialogue to “drive a wedge” between Seoul and Washington.
While it is status quo in US-North Korea relations, tensions seem to be easing between the Koreas as a result of their sit-down at Peace House in the demilitarised zone.
Both sides have agreed to hold further peace-keeping talks, Kim Jong-Un has confirmed he will send a team to compete in next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and South Korea has proposed marching under one flag at the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as reuniting loved ones that were separated during the Korean War.
In a joint statement after the meeting concluded, the representatives announced they would “resolve problems through dialogue and negotiations”.
The likes of China and Russia applauded the diplomacy, whereas Mr Trump claimed credit for the high level talks. In a tweet on 4 January, he wrote that it was his “firm, strong and willing” stance that made it happen.
With all of the failed “experts” weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total “might” against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2018
Of course, the North has since slammed the POTUS for his “ridiculous sophism”.
“It is very deplorable to see the U.S. politicians boasting of their diplomatic failure as ‘diplomatic success’,” its state-run newspaper wrote.