Ryan Rickrell, DCNF
Pyongyang is not happy that President Donald Trump is getting the credit for pushing the Korean Peninsula toward peace through his “maximum pressure” campaign, state media revealed.
“The U.S. is misleading public opinion, arguing as if the [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s] clarification of its intention for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula made through the Panmunjom Declaration adopted at the historic North-South summit is the result of sanctions and pressure,” the Korean Central News Agency wrote Sunday, adding that the U.S. is trying to ruin the mood.
North Korea, as would be expected, gives North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the credit for the landmark summit.
“The historic meeting at Panmunjom came to be realized thanks to the supreme leader’s ardent love for the people and will for self-determination,” KCNA explained in its report on the April 27 inter-Korean summit, where Kim met his South Korean counterpart for the first time.
Trump naturally credits himself for the changes on the Korean Peninsula.
“We’re doing the world a big favor. We’ll see how it goes. I think we are going to do just fine,” the president said in a speech on April 28, commenting on the potential for peace in Korea. “I had one of the fake news groups this morning, they were saying, ‘What do you think President Trump had to do with it?’ I’ll tell you what, like how about everything.”
At that speech in Michigan, the crowd chanted “Nobel, Nobel, Nobel,” possibly suggesting the president deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his achievements.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has also credited Trump for his significant role in the process, even going so far to suggest that Trump should be awarded a Nobel prize.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” Moon recently told a group of South Korean officials. The South Korean president said in January that Trump “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks.” Other members of the liberal Moon administration have expressed similar sentiments.
Trump’s “leadership and his maximum pressure policy together with international solidarity brought us to this juncture,” Moon’s National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong told reporters in March.
Not only is North Korea upset that credit for the changes in Korea is going to Trump, but it is also furious the maximum pressure campaign is continuing. North Korea is accusing the U.S. of “deliberately provoking” it and warning the U.S. not to misinterpret “the peace-loving intention of the DPRK as a sign of weakness.”
North Korea has noticeably toned down its bombastic rhetoric as the historic Trump-Kim summit approaches, but unresolved issues continue to threaten the pursuit of peace.
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