North Korea on Monday accused the United States of hostility and called on the Biden administration to permanently end joint military exercises with South Korea, even as it continued its recent streak of weapons tests aimed at Clearly slow nuclear diplomacy was to put pressure on Washington and Seoul.
North Korean ambassador Kim Song’s remarks on the final day of the UN General Assembly came soon after South Korea’s military said the North fired an unidentified projectile into its eastern waters.
The North’s latest tests, which followed two previous rounds of missile tests this month, indicated that the country is trying its tried-and-tested technique of combining weapons demonstrations and peace proposals amid long-stalled talks on its nuclear weapons program. is returning. .
Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff did not immediately say what the North launched in its latest test or how far the weapon flew.
Addressing the General Assembly, Kim justified North Korea’s development of a “war deterrent” to defend against US threats, and defunding inter-Korean peace agreements by prioritizing his Western ally over “national harmony” over South Korea. also accused.
They demanded that the United States “permanently” halt its military exercises with South Korea, which the North traditionally describes as invasion rehearsals, and end the deployment of US strategic weapons to the Korean peninsula. .
“The potential outbreak of a new war on the Korean peninsula is not because of America’s mercy on the DPRK. It is because our state is an increasingly reliable deterrent that can deter hostile forces in military offensive attempts,” Kim replied. Referring to Korea by its formal name, an abbreviation for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In the face of wider and newer global challenges like COVID-19 and rising US-China tensions, the North Korean nuclear issue seemed to have shifted away from the focus of attention at this year’s assembly, seeking meaningful new ways to break the diplomatic impasse. ended without offers. Pyongyang.
But North Korea generally hates to be ignored. The country has resumed its missile testing activity in recent weeks after remaining relatively calm and later offered to improve relations with South Korea if certain conditions were met.
Kim called on the United States to contribute to the peace and stability of the peninsula and the world in a bold and complete way by withdrawing a bold, hostile policy toward the DPRK.”
“Hostile policy” is a term that North Korea primarily uses to refer to US-led sanctions on its nuclear weapons program and joint US-South Korea military exercises.
North Korea is also criticizing the United States’ broader security role in the Asia-Pacific amid intense competition with China, Pyongyang’s key ally and economic lifeline.
Analysts say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on his part is using the South’s desire for inter-Korean engagement to pressure Seoul to seek concessions from the Biden administration as he seeks badly needed economic benefits. Renews effort to take advantage of its nuclear weapons.
In their speeches at the General Assembly last week, both President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed hope of diplomatically resolving the standoff with North Korea, while easing fresh tensions created by the North’s latest tests. did.
Biden, whose withdrawal from Afghanistan marked a sweeping shift in the US from countering terrorism and so-called rogue states such as North Korea and Iran to a growing authoritarian superpower in China, said his administration is determined to denuclearize the Koreans. Will seek “serious and sustained diplomacy”. peninsula.
Moon, who wants North Korea to remain a priority in Washington, made a more ambitious push to break the diplomatic deadlock, calling on the leaders of Korea, the United States and China to declare an end to the Korean War. The 1950–53 conflict, in which North Korea and ally China faced off against United Nations forces led by South Korea and the US, ended with an armistice, but never a peace treaty.
North Korea turned down Moon’s offer a few days later, saying that such a declaration would end up as a “smokescreen” to cover up US hostilities, making it clear that they would continue as long as they were protected from sanctions. He is not interested in political statements till he does not bring relief.
But Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of the North Korean leader, said her country would take steps to improve ties with the South, and could even discuss another summit between its leaders – if Seoul is concerned about North Korean military development. In leaves his hostility and public criticism.
Nuclear talks have stalled since the fall of a meeting between Kim and former President Donald Trump in February 2019, when the Americans responded to the lifting of US-led sanctions on their nuclear weapons program in exchange for dismantling the old nuclear facility. demands were rejected. . It would only be a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
In recent political speeches, Kim has vowed to strengthen his nuclear deterrence in the face of US pressure. His government has so far rejected the Biden administration’s proposal to resume talks without preconditions, saying Washington should first abandon its hostile policy.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / North Korea