North Korean state-run news agency in Pyongyang just quoted a state official criticizing what they called “misleading claims” by the U.S. government which increased sanctions and political pressure was the reason Kim Jong Un came to the negotiating table.
The news agency called the criticisms a “dangerous attempt” to derail negotiations between North and South Korea.
Kim Jong Un met with South Korean President Moon Jae-In last month in a historic meeting, to discuss an end to the war between the neighboring countries that has been active for the better part of a century.
“The U.S. is deliberately provoking the DPRK at the time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation,” the North Korean spokesman said.
A Pentagon spokesman reiterated that the removal of U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula was not on the table for negotiation.
“The Department of Defense’s mission in South Korea remains the same, and our force posture has not changed,” said spokesman Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Logan. “The Department of Defense remains committed to supporting the maximum pressure campaign, developing and maintaining military options for the President, and reinforcing our ironclad security commitment with our allies. We all remain committed to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”