North Korean Foreign Minister Ro Son Gwon has said US policy toward Pyongyang confirms that Washington continues to pose a threat to North Korea, so it will develop more military weapons to combat the threat.
The official said in a statement, published by the state news agency KCNA, that the personal connection that US President Donald Trump has established with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un seems to be focused only on the victory of political points and that it is unlikely that it will result in any key diplomatic points.
The statement came on the second anniversary of the first meeting between Kim and Trump, in which the US president asked North Korea to give up nuclear weapons in exchange for the release of sanctions. Trump has spoken in warm tones about his friendship with Kim, and the two leaders have made public statements to show the success achieved in talks on disarming the Korean Peninsula.
However, little progress has been made so far. Washington is urging Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons before sanctions are lifted, while North Korea demands that sanctions be lifted first. A spokesman for the US State Department told South Korean news agency Yonhap that the United States remains committed to dialogue with North Korea and is open to a “flexible approach to reaching a balanced agreement.”