Korea accuses U.S. of ‘empty promise’ on summit anniversary
Jun 15 2020
"The question is whether there will be a need to keep holding hands shaken in Singapore, as we see that there is nothing of factual improvement to be made in the DPRK-US relations simply by maintaining personal relations between our supreme leadership and the US President", Ri said in a statement carried by state media, referring to North Korea by its formal name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Kim Yo Jong, right, helps her brother North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sign a joint statement following the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
"By exercising my power authorized by the Supreme Leader, our Party and the state, I gave an instruction to the. department in charge of the affairs with (the) enemy to decisively carry out the next action", Kim said.
The latest dust-up was triggered by South Korean activists who sent anti-Pyongyang messages in balloons across the border.
The renewed tensions between South and North come as nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for more than a year due to differences over the scope of North Korea's denuclearization and sanctions relief from the U.S.
North Korea's Kim Yo Jong said it is "high time" to break with south Korean authorities.
On Friday night, Jang Kum-chol, director of the North's United Front Department, said the North has lost all confidence in the South Korean government and warned of "regretful and painful" times ahead. Already seen as the most powerful woman in the country and her brother's closest confidant, state media recently confirmed that she is now in charge of relations with South Korea.
Mr Madden said this new portrayal of Yo-jong in state media may be a subtle dig at global analysts who have cast doubts on her ability to wield influence in the North's male-dominated society.
"It is better to take a series of retaliatory actions, instead of releasing this kind of statement, which those with bad ears may miscalculate as the "one for threatening" or from which they can make any rubbishy comments on our intention as they please", she said.
Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said North Korea could be "planning something" near the countries' disputed western maritime border, which has occasionally been the scene of bloody clashes over the years.
Notaly, Jong had earlier slammed Seoul for failing to stop activists from flying balloons carrying anti-regime leaflets across the border.
Marking the second anniversary of the 2018 meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon said the US had broken its word and dashed hopes for denuclearization.
North Korea on Friday accused the United Nations chief of "drunken" behavior, and suggested it would no longer provide the USA president with propaganda opportunities without getting anything in return.
North Korea says its nuclear arms serve as a deterrent against the USA and that Washington must ease its sanctions before denuclearization can take place.
The negotiations have made little progress since a second summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. president Donald Trump early past year fell apart because of disputes over by how much sanctions should be lifted in return for Mr Kim's dismantling his main nuclear complex.
It accused the groups, which are led by North Korean defectors, of violating an inter-Korean cooperation law.