US accused of holding back progress towards peace

AFP

UNITED NATIONS: North Korea on Monday accused the United States and South Korea of hostility that has prevented progress towards peace on the peninsula, in a speech to the United Nations.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, North Korea’s ambassador, Kim Song, highlighted how Pyongyang has not carried out tests of nuclear weapons or long-range missiles for more than 20 months — a moratorium often hailed by President Donald Trump.

“It is the clearest expression of our sincere goodwill and tolerance to meet the universal desire of the international community for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” he said.

But he added: “The situation of the Korean peninsula has not extricated itself from the vicious cycle of aggravated tension, which is entirely attributable to the political and military provocations perpetrated by the US.”

He charged that the United States was “resorting to the anachronistic hostile policy” against North Korea.

He also accused South Korea — whose dovish president, Moon Jae-in, paved the way for three US-North Korean meetings — of “double-dealing behavior” by modernizing its military at the same time. – AFP

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