North Korea Warns US to Stay Out of Inter-Korean Affairs
Last updated on June 12th, 2020
North Korea warned the United States on Thursday to stay out of inter-Korean affairs, if the country wants its upcoming elections to go smoothly.
“If the US pokes its nose into others’ affairs with careless remarks, far from minding its internal affairs, at a time when its political situation is in the worst-ever confusion, it may encounter an unpleasant thing hard to deal with,” said Kwon Jong Gun, director-general for US affairs at North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.
The harsh statement from North Korea came after the US State Department expressed disappointment at North Korea’s decision to suspend all communication hotlines with South Korea, earlier this week.
After more than two years of detente and failed peace talks, Pyongyang announced to shut off all lines of communication with South Korea on Tuesday. State news agency KCNA reported that the shutting of several hotlines, including a military-to-military phone and a line meant to directly connect North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a moment’s notice. These lines were extremely important as they could help in preventing any accidental military confrontation.
After complicating the inter-Korean affairs further, Pyongyang justified the move saying the agreement reached between the two nations in 2018 had been violated as South Korea didn’t stop defectors from flying balloons and leaflets over the border carrying SD cards, presumably with information about the outside world.
Kwon Jong Gun has asked the US to “hold its tongue” and address its own domestic problems unless it wants to “experience a hair-raiser”.
“It would be good not only for the US interests but also for the easy holding of upcoming presidential election,” he added.
As of now, it is unclear as to what steps North Korea would take that could affect the upcoming US presidential elections. Despite the two historic summits between Kim and US President Donald Trump in 2018 and 2019, North Korean nuclear program continues. No progress has been made in dismantling the nuclear weapons program.
Moreover, North Korea has expressed its frustration over the imposed sanctions by the US and the refusal to ease them. The relations between Pyongyang and Washington are expected to deteriorate further following the latter’s stance on the inter-Korean affairs.
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