North Korea slams South Korean president for Trump credit remark, praises Kim Jong Un's policy for 'reunification'
South Korea says Trump deserves credit for talks with North
Lt. Col. Michael Waltz reacts to remarks from South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
North Korea slammed South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday for giving President Trump âbig credit in the talks between Pyongyang and Seoul, threatening to pull its delegation heading to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics â" but earlier lauded Kim Jong Unâs âbrilliantâ policy for âreunificationâ between the North and the South.
The Hermit Kingdom said Moonâs âill-boding remarks chilling the atmosphere for reconciliationâ were upsetting North Koreans, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the regimeâs state-run Korean Central News Agency. It described the presidentâs behavior as âimpoliteâ after delegations from both sides met last week for the first time in more than two years.
"[Moon] even made such rubbish that the North was led to dialogue to open up the chapter for 'the North's denuclearization,' not for the improvement of the South-North relations," the KCNA statement said. "The present South Korean chief executive's attitude casts doubt as to his intent to improve the North-South ties and build confidence."
TRUMP DESERVES 'BIG CREDIT' FOR SPARKING NORTH KOREA TALKS, SOUTH KOREA'S PRESIDENT SAYS
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said President Trump deserved "big credit" for the talks between the North and the South. (Reuters)
Moon said during his New Year news conference last week: âI think President Trump d eserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.â
Though North Korea insisted the regime will push to improve ties with the South, it will ânever remain an onlooker to sordid acts of chilling the efforts,â the statement said.
The regime also threatened to pull its delegation heading to the Winter Olympics, saying: "They should know that train and bus carrying our delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang."
North Koreaâs newspaper Rodong Sinmun earlier praised Kim for his âbrilliantâ policy on pushing for a new era of talks with South Korea, calling its leader the âbright lodestar of national reunification.â
Delegations from the North and the South met last week for the first time in more than two years. (Reuters)
âThe recent inter-Korean high-level talks are a precious fruition of the new policy set forth by the respected Supreme Leader in his New Year Address to improve the north-south relations,â Rodong Sinmun said in its commentary over the weekend. âHe is a peerless patriot and the supreme incarnation of love and benevolence as he is creditably carrying forward the patriotic history with the same warm love for the nation and benevolence as those of the great leaders.â
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It added, âA new dawn of national reunification is breaking thanks to his warm patriotic will and under his extraordinary leadership.â
"It is important to realize reconciliation and unity between peoples in order to improve North-South relations and create an atmosphere conducive to reunification," the state-run newspaper said.
North and South Korean officials are expected to meet again on Monday to discuss the Hermit Kingdom's art troupe's visit to the Winter Olympics. (Reuters)
North Korea agreed to send a delegation â" including high-ranking officials, cheerleaders, performing artists and taekwondo athletes â" to the Winter Olympics between Feb. 9 and 25, the first sign of a possible thaw in relationship between to rivaling sides.
North and South officials are expected to meet on Monday in the Panmunjom Village to talk about the regimeâs art troupeâs visit to the Olympic Games, Yonhap reported Sunday. Seoul officials are also expected to bring up its proposal for the two Koreasâ joint march during the Olympicsâ opening ceremony.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelamSource: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea