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North Korean state-run outlets on Monday and over the weekend called for the U.S. to reciprocate the DPRK’s “goodwill and generosity,” urging Washington to “pay its debt” with corresponding measures.
Pyongyang has taken “proactive and preemptive measures several times in a bold manner to faithfully implement the joint DPRK-U.S summit at Singapore Summit,” online outlet the Arirang-Meari claimed in a commentary on Monday.
The Trump administration, the commentary said, has in response “unilaterally demanded the DPRK should take more measures” while ignoring the principle of reciprocity.
Washington’s “clichéd attitude,” it continued, is responsible for the ongoing stalemate in the DPRK-U.S. nuclear negotiations.
“The DPRK has fully granted goodwill and generosity, which are excessive at the current stage. Now is the time for the U.S. to take action,” the Arirang-Meari said.
“The U.S. should respond to the DPRK’s earnest efforts with corresponding measures to make an advance in the DPRK-U.S. negotiation.”
The Trump administration “may inevitably face the consequence that is difficult to bear if the U.S. pushes our patience to the limit” by adhering to sanctions and pressure, the North Korean media warned.
The commentary was one of several in North Korean outer-track outlets urging the U.S. to take corresponding measures in the past few days, with both the Uriminzokkiri and the DPRK Today publishing similar op-eds on Saturday and Sunday.
Washington has “stubbornly and unilaterally pestered” Pyongyang to take steps towards unilateral steps towards disarmament, both outlets reported.
“There is the limit to our goodwill and generosity… we have done enough, the U.S. should not expect one-sided concessions,” both DPRK Today and Uriminzokkiri said.
“Now is time for the U.S. to take action… it is high time for the U.S. to pay its debt to us,” they added, urging Washington to take “corresponding measures in response to its proactive and sincere efforts into achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula to break the deadlock.”
“One year has passed since we suspended our nuclear tests and launch of ballistic missiles… there is no question that the [U.S.] should lift all the unfair measures against them,” the outlets said.
North Korean demands for “corresponding measures” echo comments made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year’s speech last week, in which he said Pyongyang expected the U.S. to offer reciprocal measures in response to the DPRK’s steps toward denuclearization.
That speech also saw Kim say he is ready to meet President Trump “anytime,” while urging Washington to take action to ease international sanctions.
Kim said the DPRK “may be compelled to find a new way for defending the sovereignty of the country and the supreme interests of the state” if the U.S. continuously imposes sanctions and pressure on the country.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said that Washington and Pyongyang have begun talks over the location of a planned second U.S.-North Korea summit.
“We’re negotiating a location,” Trump told reporters outside of the White House. “It will be announced probably in the not too distant future. They have made it very clear, in fact, they’ve actually said to the media that they would like to meet.”
“And they do want to meet and we want to meet and we’ll see what happens.”
Trump said he has “indirectly spoken” to Kim Jong Un – likely a reference to a recent exchange of letters between the two leaders – repeatedly saying that Pyongyang and Washington have a “very good dialogue going.”
Edited by Oliver Hotham
Featured Image: Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)