North Korean state media on Thursday accused “superpowers,” likely a reference to China and Russia, of “sponging off” the U.S. in their coordination with Washington on the DPRK nuclear issue.
The Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the country’s most widely read newspaper, said that the U.S. has been “compelling and mobilizing large and small countries” in its campaign of sanctions and pressure.
“There are superpowers which hold hands with the U.S. because of the selfish ulterior motive of maintaining the current international order,” the Rodong Sinmun said in an over-1500 word editorial, without directly naming the states – common in articles critical of Moscow and Beijing.
Despite acknowledging that “our decision is legitimate,” the outlet said that the countries condemned North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons due to “hidden intention and interests,” accusing them of “sponging off the U.S. in squalor.”
The Rodong Sinmun reiterated its position that nuclear weapons are a “deterrence.”
Since the passage of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2371 in August, several North Korean outlets have expressed anger at Beijing and Moscow, with whom the DPRK traditionally has had more friendly relations.
Ahead of the vote, the ruling party-linked Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) said China and Russia would “pay dearly” if they voted for the resolution.
Later in the month, the Rodong Sinmun accused Russia and China of jeopardizing the peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the region by supporting sanctions, calling on Beijing to remember its own nuclear development in the 1960s.
The North Korean newspaper also on Thursday criticized the White House for supporting “military strikes, as well as sanctions and pressure” while calling for “useless dialogue.”
U.S. President Donald Trump earlier in the month said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time” by attempting dialogue with North Korea.
Rodong said that Pyongyang’s position is that “watertight economic sanctions” and pressure were not the solution, but would make the situation on the Korean peninsula “more complex and acute.”
The newspaper instead called on the U.S. to recognize the DPRK’s status as a nuclear-armed state, “and find a way to coexist peacefully.”
“The choice is entirely up to the U.S.”
Another editorial on Thursday, however, praised recent comments by the Chinese foreign ministry on the North Korean nuclear issue.
A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated Beijing’s position that “those who tied the knots are responsible for untying it,” stressing that it was the U.S.’s responsibility to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.
“Someone said ‘those who tied the bell has to take it off’ when discussing the way to resolve the issue between the DPRK and the U.S.,” the Rodong Sinmun said. “We think they spoke good words at least.”
The commentary comes amid the second day of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s 19th Party Congress, which many had speculated might see a North Korean missile test or similar provocation.
North Korea’s ruling party on Wednesday, however, sent a congratulatory message to the CCP, praising the “great progress in accomplishing the cause of building socialism” and sending “warm greetings to all the party members and other Chinese people.”
This week also saw the commencement of the joint U.S.-South Korean Maritime Counter Special Operation Force (MCSOF) exercise off the Korean peninsula.
The nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and the South’s Sejong the Great-class guided-missile destroyers (KDX III) are participating in the maritime exercises, along with around 40 other vessels.
The DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday condemned the exercise, warning it would bring tensions on the peninsula “into the worst line of explosion.”
A statement, reportedly by a group called the Pan-Korean Emergency Measure Committee for Opposing Nuclear War Drills against the DPRK, said the U.S. would “face unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time.”
The Korean peninsula, it said, would become the “worst-ever field of a nuclear war without seeing the imminent catastrophic disaster.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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