North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has no interest in maintaining a good relationship with US President Donald Trump, reports the two-year anniversary of the leaders’ first summit.
Amid heightened inter-Korean affairs, the despotic regime has announced it sees no improvement in relations and says US policy is proving that the Trump administration remains a long-term threat to the closed state and its people.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Son Gwon made a statement by state news agency KCNA, rejecting a “hypocritical empty promise” Trump made at the historic meeting two years ago.
The Singapore Summit in June 2018 marked the first time an incumbent US President met with a North Korean leader, but the statement emerged from the meeting was light on detail and instead gave four general commitments.
Ri said in retrospect that the Trump administration appears to focus on scoring only political points while trying to isolate and suffocate North Korea, threatening it with pre-emptive nuclear attacks and regime change.
“Never again will we provide the US President with a different package that can be used for performance without anything in return,” he said.
“Nothing is more hypocritical than an empty promise.”
North Korea criticized the United States for comments on inter-Korean affairs on Thursday, saying that Washington needs to remain silent if the upcoming presidential elections are to go smoothly.
Ri said that North Korea’s desire to open a new era of cooperatives is still strong, but the situation on the Korean peninsula is getting worse every day.
“The US claims to be in favor of improved relations with the DPRK, but in fact it is determined to only exacerbate the situation,” said Ri.
The official name of North Korea is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
North Korea will continue to build its armed forces to deal with the threats from the United States, Ri said.