The North Korean authorities have said they are ready Sunday to negotiate with Washington, according to the South Korean administration. On the same day, North Korea’s KCNA issued a statement from the Foreign Ministry in which Pyongyang accuses the United States of destabilizing the situation on the peninsula with its large-scale sanctions.
Pyongyang said on Sunday that it was ready to negotiate with the United States , the South Korean administration said Sunday after talks between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and a delegation of high level North Korea.
A delegation of North Korean leaders led by Gen. Kim Yong Chol arrived Sunday in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games . Pyongyang officials held talks with President Moon Jae-in for an hour, Yonhap said.
The North Korean delegation also announced that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, shared President Moon’s position on the need to expand inter-Korean dialogue.
At the same time, North Korea’s KCNA on Sunday issued a Foreign Ministry statement in which Pyongyang accuses the United States of destabilizing the situation on the Korean peninsula on the eve of the closing of the Olympic Games by adopting new sanctions.
“The two Koreas cooperated and the Olympics went well. But the United States has created a threat of war on the Korean Peninsula by adopting new sanctions against North Korea before the closing ceremony of the Olympics, “reads the statement.
Donald Trump announced Friday new sanctions against 50 shipping companies. These measures target an individual, 27 entities and 28 vessels located or registered in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama and Comoros. The US administration had previously announced that the new sanctions package was “the most serious ever imposed on North Korea.”