President Donald Trump says he is ready to meet again with Kim Jong Un to discuss nuclear weapons in North Korea. At a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump said he had just received a letter from the North Korean leader. (January 2nd)
SEOUL – North Korea sent a warning to the US on Thursday to avoid "interfering" in its affairs with South Korea, criticizing Washington's "unreasonable attitude" and "Hostile Politics."
An editorial in the country's state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun accused the US of stagnating the relationship between North and South Korea, claiming that "the United States does not want to see the improvement and development relations between the Korean countries.
While relations between Pyongyang and Washington regarding nuclear disarmament in North Korea and the lifting of international sanctions are at an impasse, Seoul is pushing for peace movements and contact with the North.
The two Koreas have removed 10 guards in the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula, and recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for a project linking their railway systems. However, this and similar projects can not continue until US-led sanctions against North Korea are lifted.
The North also endeavored to reopen a jointly operated factory park in its border town of Kaesong and resume South Korea traveling to the resort of Mount Kumgang.
"We will never tolerate the intervention and interference of the US trying to verify the reconciliation, unity and reunification of the Korean nation while trying to subordinate North-South relations to their own interests and interests", said the editorial.
"This is our New Year's warning," concluded the article.
The sharp words came only one day after President Donald Trump said he had received a "big letter" from the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the two would like to meet for the second time.
More: North Korea warns US sanctions could "block the way to denuclearization forever"  Speaking at a White House Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump said he and Kim have made "tremendous progress" and "really built a good relationship." also acknowledged the recognition of peace on the Korean peninsula and said that it was not for his government's efforts, "They would wage a beautiful, big, fat war in Asia."
However, Trump said he was not "in Hurry "to hold the second meeting.
Trump has praised Kim many times and said in September that the leader of the North was "terrific" and the two "fell in love" after their historic summit in Singapore last June.
This summit resulted in an agreement with North Korea to work towards a "complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", while the US pledged security guarantees.
But more than six months later, there was little tangible progress.
Pyongyang continues to seek sanction through punishment for international sanctions and a formal end to the Korean War, while Washington is committed to complete denuclearization and adheres to its "maximum pressure" strategy on the economic and diplomatic fronts.
In a televised New Year's Day address, Kim He said he was ready to "meet Trump again" any time, but warned that he would not consider North Korea's patience for sanctions, and possibly threatened a "new path." "to defend his interests.
If the US persists In imposition of sanctions and pressure against our republic, we may be forced to find a new way to defend the sovereignty of the country and the highest interests of the state, "said Kim.
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