This combination of photos created on June 27, 2019 shows Democratic People's Republic of Korea's top leader Kim Jong-un, Republic of Korea's President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump. (KOREA CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP, EVAN VUCCI / AFP)
SEOUL, Republic of Korea — The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Thursday the Republic of Korea (ROK) must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington.
The DPRK's Foreign Ministry also repeated its demand that the US must work out mutually acceptable proposals to salvage a deadlocked nuclear negotiations by the end of December
The DPRK's Foreign Ministry also repeated its demand that the US must work out mutually acceptable proposals to salvage a deadlocked nuclear negotiations by the end of December.
The statement was an apparent expression of displeasure with Seoul and Washington over stalled nuclear diplomacy. There have been no public official meetings between the US and DPRK since the breakdown of the second summit between President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February.
The Hanoi summit fell apart after Trump rejected Kim's calls for sweeping sanctions relief in return for a limited disarmament step. The summit's collapse was a blow to ROK President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who shuttled between Washington and Pyongyang to facilitate talks between the countries.
Talks of revival of diplomacy, however, has flared after Trump and Kim recently exchanged personal letters. Moon said earlier this week that US and DPRK officials were holding "behind-the-scene talks" to try to set up a third summit between Trump and Kim. Moon also said talks between the two Koreas have been under way through unspecified "various channels."
On Thursday, Kwon Jong-gun, chief of the DPRK Foreign Ministry's US affairs department, said it will "never go through" ROK when it deals with the US. Kwon said relations between the US and DPRK are not an issue that ROK should meddle in.
He also dismissed as false the comments by Moon and other ROK officials that there are various exchanges and unofficial talks between the two Koreas.
The statement came two days before Trump visits ROK for a two-day trip.
HONG KONG NEWS