Kim Jong Un and Trump have 'special' relationship: KCNA
Oct 24 2019
According to North Korea's official news agency KCNA, Kim visited Mount Kumgang Resort on Wednesday.
The hotel stayed open for close to a decade in Vietnam before being sold again, this time to a South Korean company which moved it to the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea.
Rachel Minyoung Lee, an analyst with the North Korea-focused website NK News, said the change in Kim's message indicates his regime "has decided it can no longer wait for South Korea to take action".
The statement issued by Foreign Ministry adviser Kim Kye Gwan was clearly referring to an end-of-year deadline set by Kim Jong Un for the Trump administration to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal to salvage their diplomacy.
"The problem is that contrary to the political judgment and intention of President Trump, Washington political circles and (North Korea) policy makers of the US administration are hostile to (North Korea) for no reason", Kim Kye Gwan was quoted as saying by KCNA.
"We will always welcome our compatriots from the south if they want to come to Mt. Kumgang after it is wonderfully built as the world-level tourist destination but what is important is for our people to have the shared view that it is not desirable to let the south side undertake the tour of Mt. Kumgang, our famous mountain", he said.
"I sincerely hope that a motive force to overcome all the obstacles between the DPRK and the US and to advance the bilateral relations in the better direction will be provided on the basis of the close relationship", Kim Kye Gwan said in the statement.
"I sincerely hope that a motive force to overcome all the obstacles between the DPRK and the US and to advance the bilateral relations in the better direction will be provided on the basis of the close relationship", Kim Kye Gwan said.
The North Korean diplomat had said the U.N. Command must be taken apart "as soon as possible".
Mount Kumgang was once very popular among South Korean tourists.
The United States and North Korea technically remain in a state of war after the 1950-1953 Korean War ended in a cease-fire.
"This isn't the right time, but at the right time I'd have great support", US President Donald Trump said in April when asked about restarting tours to Mt. Kumgamg.
Kim said that the notion that North Korea needs to work with South Korea in ventures like Mt. Kumgang is false. "So, as much as South Korea wants to invigorate the Kaesong [Industrial Complex] and Kumgang economic ventures, they can't, because the USA isn't going to give them permission for sanctions exemption", Klingner added.
The president also reiterated his respect for Kim Jong Un during a Cabinet meeting Monday that was dominated by the troop withdrawal from Syria and the domestic scandals.
The highly symbolic images underscored the North's growing frustration at the diplomatic stalemate after summits with the United States and South Korea raised hopes for a breakthrough past year.