North Korean outer-track outlet Meari on Wednesday urged U.S. authorities to have “bold determination” to develop bilateral relations, blaming Washington for the surprise breakdown of last month’s summit in Hanoi.
Denuclearization measures proposed by the DPRK at that summit, the online outlet said, demonstrated Pyongyang’s “serious attitude, broad-minded stance, and firm will to terminate the vicious circle of confrontation and antagonism” between the two countries.
Following the failure of last month’s meeting between DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said his country had offered to “permanently and completely dismantle all of the nuclear material production facilities” at the Yongbyon nuclear site.
This offer, Meari said on Wednesday, represented “the most realistic and generous denuclearization measure in accordance with the principle of building confidence and resolving issues in a phased manner,” repeating comments by Ri at his post-summit press conference.
These measures, it added, as well as the “partial” sanctions relief Pyongyang had asked for in return, “sufficiently reflect the U.S. government’s stance and demand.”
“It is the consistent view of the international community that there cannot be a better option than this… and the U.S. must be aware of it,” the op-ed, which appeared under the name Ko Chong Myong, read.
Pyongyang felt “frustrated” over the no-deal summit, it continued, accusing the Trump administration of causing the breakdown in talks.
“The outcome of this meeting clearly shows that it is unable to write a new history of the DPRK-U.S. relations without the unwavering opinion and bold determination of U.S. officials,” Meari said, urging U.S. authorities to not be “swayed by the unreasonable and shameless arguments of political opponents.”
The second DPRK-U.S. summit served as an “important opportunity to take the DPRK-U.S. relations to a new stage… and contribute to the peace and security of the world,” it said, reaffirming Pyongyang’s hope for “establishing new relations, building a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula, and working toward complete denuclearization.”
The DPRK state-run media had in the week following the no-deal summit largely refrained from reporting on its outcomes, instead choosing to highlight the improved relations between Kim and Trump and the North Korean leader’s subsequent meetings with top Vietnamese officials.
But it was ruling party organ the Rodong Sinmun which broke the silence, briefly reporting on Friday that the meeting had “unexpectedly ended without an agreement” in a commentary denouncing Japan for praising the summit’s surprise outcome.
“The public at home and abroad that had hoped for success and good results from the second DPRK-U.S. summit in Hanoi are feeling regretful, blaming the U.S.,” that article said.
On Monday, state-backed outlet the Tongil Sinbo published a similar article, blaming the U.S. for the summit breakdown and urging American officials to have “conviction and boldness.”
“This is the product of impure intention to distort undeniable reality and prevent the path to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations and secure peace,” it said.
Outer-track online outlet the DPRK Today on Tuesday published an article blaming the lack of “conviction and boldness” among U.S. officials for the summit’s breakdown.
The DPRK Today and Uriminzokkiri outlets also on Tuesday published articles reaffirms the North’s “firm stance to move towards complete denuclearization,” while the website Dawn carried an op-ed analyzing the reason for the summit’s failure.
In a piece by researcher at the Korea Association of Social Scientists (KASS) Ri Min Chol, the author said the “U.S. Congress, think tank, and major media” and their followers in various countries were “preoccupied with scapegoatism” in describing the second summit as “failed meeting.”
The U.S. had at that summit made a proposal “that had not been discussed at working-level talks and prior contacts,” Ri said, adding that demands for full denuclearization from Washington had been “completely unconvincing and unacceptable.”
“The DPRK sent a signal that we already get ready to work toward denuclearization, but the U.S. disregarded it.”
The North Korean scholar also said President had been a victim of the “blackmail of domestic political opponents,” saying the President had decided to end the summit without an agreement in response.
“The DPRK and everyone in the world cannot understand such impertinent behavior, which disregards basic manners for a counterpart of the talks,” Ri wrote.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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