Kim Kye Gwan, Advisor to the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, released the following statement on September 27:
It draws my keen interest that it is highly topical these days in the U.S. to hold another DPRK-U.S. summit.
The past DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks served as historic occasions for the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. to express their political will to put an end to the hostile relations between the two countries and have peace and stability settled on the Korean peninsula.
But no practical follow-up was made to implement the issues agreed upon at the summit talks, casting shadow over the possibility of future summit talks.
The DPRK has made sincere efforts to build trust and implement the DPRK-U.S. joint statement, as evidenced by the repatriation of American detainees, who committed hostile acts against the DPRK, and of GIs’ remains, etc.
However, the U.S. has done nothing for implementing the joint statement. On the contrary, it resumed the joint military drills, which the U.S. President personally pledged to suspend, and has ratcheted up sanctions and pressure on the DPRK only to make the DPRK-U.S. relations degenerate.
It is hard reality that politicians in Washington are obsessed with “nuclear disarmament-first” assertion-the DPRK can get access to a bright future only when it abandons its nukes first- and with twisted view that sanctions led the DPRK to dialogue. This makes me doubt whether a new breakthrough could be brought about in the DPRK-U.S. relations though another DPRK-U.S. summit talks may open.
But I came to know that President Trump is different from his predecessors in political sense and decision while watching his approach to the DPRK, so I would like to place my hope on President Trump’s wise option and bold decision.
I and the DPRK Foreign Ministry will follow the future moves of the U.S.