North Korea says it has no wish to talk with South Korean officials again, state news agency KCNA reported Friday, a day after South Korean President Moon Jae-in sworn to attain unification on the Korean Peninsula by 2045.
South Korea is misleading (itself) that the dialogue will come naturally, said the spokesperson for the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, KCNA reported early Friday.
The KCNA report also came the same day South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN that North Korea launched two more unidentified projectiles off its eastern coast of Tongchon county in Gangwon province. It is the latest in series of North Korean launches.
North Korea’s announcement that it dismissed any face-to-face talks with South Korea came after Moon, in a nationally televised Liberation Day address, said the drive for dialogue between the Koreas and the United States “remains unshaken” despite North Korea’s recent missile launches.
Moon also said South Korea has superior defense capabilities than those of North Korea, and that Seoul was wtching the situation with Pyongyang and was trying to prevent the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
“The ultimate goal that these actions serve, is dialogue, not war,” Moon said.
North Korea has protested against ongoing US-South Korea joint military drills, threatening just days ago to freeze out Seoul by only holding future talks with Washington.