Chinese media coverage urging North Korth to denuclearise is undermining ongoing inter-Korean cooperation, the DPRK’s ruling party organ claimed in an editorial on Thursday.
Some elements in the Chinese media, the Rodong Sinmun editorial said, “seriously spoiled the atmosphere of the feast by publishing presumptuous comments of individual experts.”
The newspaper, an organ of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), condemned outlets from North Korea’s traditional ally for linking the nuclear issue to the ongoing easing of tensions on the peninsula.
The newspaper said Chinese experts and media who “are deeply occupied with making instructions” are comparable to the Trump administration and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Describing the media coverage as “incoherent,” the newspaper condemned “interfering in the internal issue of the nation and an unreasonable logic and sophism which ignore the essence of the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula.”
“This is perverse behavior dispersing the international attention from the atmosphere of reconciliation between the North and the South,” the Rodong said.
The editorial, in particular, called out the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) for broadcasting the opinion of a researcher from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on Monday.
The researcher was denounced for saying the international community expected the North to “show more sincerity and concession on the denuclearization issue.”
The pro-Communist Party of China (CPC) Global Times also received criticism for carrying a commentary maintaining that the improvement of the inter-Korean relations “can’t be sustained for a long time unless the nuclear issue is dealt with.”
“We can’t but help considering it as the behavior of scattering ashes on other’s happy day as they bring the denuclearization issue and strangely connect it… while ignoring the reality and situation,” the Rodong said.
North Korean media over the last year has increasingly taken to criticising Chinese media.
In September the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and the Rodong Sinmun released a statement accusing several outlets of interfering in the DPRK’s internal affairs.
The article particularly criticized the People’s Daily and the Global Times for publishing negative articles on the DPRK nuclear program.
In May, too, the Rodong accused Chinese media outlets of “trampling over wildly and crossing the red line” and criticized media coverage which voiced opposition to the development of the North Korean nuclear weapons.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has repeated stated that ongoing inter-Korean talks will lead to dialogue on denuclearization and that the improvement of the DPRK-ROK relationship “can’t go separately” from the nuclear issue.
The North has dismissed Moon’s remarks as “ill-boding remarks chilling the atmosphere for reconciliation.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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