North Korea as­sails U.S., South Korea and UN

The Peterborough Examiner - - CANADA & WORLD - EDITH M. LEDERER

North Korea on Mon­day ac­cused the United States of “po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary provo­ca­tions” and South Korea of “dou­ble-deal­ing be­hav­iour.”

North Korea’s UN Am­bas­sador Kim Song made the ac­cu­sa­tions in a speech to a Gen­eral Assem­bly meet­ing on the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency, which he ac­cused of “ig­no­rance of the pre­vail­ing re­al­ity of the Korean Penin­sula.”

Kim said re­la­tions be­tween the U.S. and North Korea “have made lit­tle progress” since the June 2018 sum­mit, “and the sit­u­a­tion of the Korean Penin­sula has not ex­tri­cated it­self from the vi­cious cy­cle of ag­gra­vated ten­sion.”

He said this is “en­tirely at­trib­ut­able to the po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary provo­ca­tions per­pe­trated by the U.S.”

Nu­clear diplo­macy has largely re­mained dead­lock since a sec­ond sum­mit be­tween U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed in Fe­bru­ary.

In re­cent months, North Korea has been try­ing to pres­sure the United States af­ter de­mand­ing that Washington make new pro­pos­als to re­vive nu­clear diplo­macy by the end of De­cem­ber.

Kim, the North Korean UN en­voy, told the Gen­eral Assem­bly that since last year his coun­try his coun­try has made “proactive ef­forts in good faith ... to es­tab­lish a last­ing peace regime on the Korean Penin­sula.”

He said North Korea has re­frained from test­ing nu­clear weapons and interconti­nental bal­lis­tic mis­siles for more than 20 months.

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