- Pyongyang totally disapproves of US-South Korea regular joint exercises.
- Mr. Moon declared that his goal was to achieve peace and unification of the two Koreas by 2045.
- Earlier, Kim had indicated he wanted to resume negotiations on the nuclear issue "as soon as joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea are completed."
North Korea on Friday fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the sea, South Korea joint chiefs revealed. Today’s projectiles are the sixth, in less than a month. According to South Korea, the projectiles were fired from near Tongchon, a town in southwestern Kangwon Province, and fell into the sea of Japan.
“The army is watching the situation in case there are other launches,” the South Korean joint chiefs of staff added. Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader was quoted in early August sounding a warning that the shooting was “a solemn warning” to Seoul and Washington because of the joint military maneuvers by the two countries. Pyongyang totally disapproves of these regular joint exercises. The North Korean authorities regard them as hostile maneuvers foreshadowing an invasion of North Korea. He warned that the start of these announced maneuvers would prevent the resumption of talks between Pyongyang and Washington on the North Korean nuclear program.
The Commission for the Pacific Reunification of the Country, an institution of North Korean power, announced Friday in a statement that Pyongyang rejected statements made Thursday by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the peace process in the peninsula. In a speech on the occasion of the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from the Japanese (1910-1945), Mr. Moon declared that his goal was to achieve peace and unification of the two Koreas by 2045.
“Nothing to discuss”
The North Korean commission accused Seoul of being responsible for the current freeze on inter-Korean talks and the non-implementation of “the historic declaration of Panmunjom.” This statement was adopted during an impromptu meeting of Mr. Kim with US President Donald Trump in Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas.
The two men agreed to resume talks on the North Korean nuclear program, but the announcement has not yet materialized to date. North Korea has ruled out in the statement released Friday any upcoming resumption of talks with South Korea. “We have nothing to discuss with the South Korean authorities, and we have no intention of meeting them again,” the document says.
After the previous North Korean missile test, the fifth one, US President Donald Trump said last Saturday in a tweet that Mr. Kim had presented in a letter an “apology” for these launches. Since the beginning of this series of tests, Mr. Trump has been downplaying them, stating that it was short-range missiles whose launch did not constitute a violation of what was agreed from the beginning of the dialogue between Mr. Kim and the US President.
Trump, even once again criticized the maneuvers his own army carried out with the South Korean forces, calling them “expensive and ridiculous exercises.” And the US president said in his letter Kim indicated he wanted to resume negotiations on the nuclear issue “as soon as joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea are completed.”