Pyongyang warns Seoul and Washington
North Korea warned on Tuesday that impending military exercises between Washington and Seoul could have repercussions on the announced resumption of talks with the United States, suggesting that it may reconsider its moratorium on its ballistic and nuclear tests .
I t is the first North Korean statement on military maneuvers since Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un agreed last month during an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, to resume talks nuclear after months of blockage.
The United States and South Korea have been organizing joint military exercises for years, but the scale has been scaled down to facilitate dialogue with the North following the first historic summit between the US President and the North Korean leader. in Singapore in June 2018.
“If the military exercise goes really well, the working talks between North Korea and the United States would be affected,” a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry quoted KCNA as saying.
The US State Department responded optimistically to this warning from Pyongyang.
“We would like no one to try to block the ability of President Trump and President Kim to make progress in their government or ours,” said US Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. “We are, of course, looking forward to the resumption of these negotiations,” she added.
These maneuvers scheduled for August would constitute a “clear violation” of the joint declaration signed in Singapore by the two leaders, said the North Korean official, referring to a possible resumption of weapons testing.