Following Donald Trump’s comments on Saturday evening that North Korea has reached out about possible talks, Pyongyang said on Sunday that the U.S. “should not misjudge” its intentions for dialogue.
The spokesperson for North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement accusing the United States of “taking preposterous action by continuing to trumpet an insistence that it will not have dialogue unless a right condition is met and that it will keep watching if we have intention to abandon nuclear weapons and missiles and so on.”
In a speech at the Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, President Trump said on Saturday that Pyongyang “called up a couple of days ago and said, ‘We would like to talk.’ And I said, ‘So would we, but you have to de-nuke. You have to de-nuke.’ So let’s see what happens. Let’s see what happens.”
North Korea called the comments and the U.S.’s insistence that a dialogue is only possible if the regime denuclearized “more than ridiculous.” The statement added that the DPRK has “clarified our position that a dialogue with the U.S. will be possible,” CNN reports.
“The U.S. attitude, shown after we clarified our intention in resuming the DPRK-US dialogue compels us to only think that the U.S. is not interested in resuming the DPRK-U.S. dialogue,” the statement continued.
The spokesperson’s statement also said that the attitude of the U.S. would eventually determine if “a situation that no one desires is developed in the vicious cycle of confrontation” or if there would be long-coveted peace on the Korean peninsula.
Later on Saturday, however, Trump commented that “maybe positive things are happening. I hope that’s true. … I say that in all seriousness. I hope that’s true. And we’re soon going to know. We will be meeting, and we will see if anything positive happens. It’s been a long time. It’s a problem that should have been fixed a long time ago, not now,” without elaborating further what he was referring to.