N. Korea accuses US of pressuring S. Korea

HONG KONG • North Korea accused the US of pressuring South Korea to follow a policy of implementing sanctions against the regime, its state media reported.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) report said there is a “serious situation of tension being created” on the peninsula amid halted denuclearisation talks with the US. The report was a commentary from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, a government branch.

“The US is overtly pressuring the South Korean government, and plotting to use North-South Korea relations to abide by its sanctions-pressure policy,” according to the commentary.

The scenarios facing North Korea are ones “in which relations are improved with South Korea, or returning to the past of the threat of war,” it said.

“We have been asking the South Korean government to take a more active stance in pushing for a peaceful unification,” it added.

The commentary was written to mark the one-year anniversary of a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the border village Panmunjeom.

Kim recently returned to Pyongyang after a trip to Vladivostok, where he met Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticised the US of “bad faith” in nuclear talks.

Meanwhile in a separate commentary, KCNA called modified joint drills between South Korea and the US the “practice of a war of invasion, not defence”. — Bloomberg