North Korea's Kim Jong Un moves toward closer ties with South Korea, maintains distance from U.S.
The North Korean leader has said lines of communication that have been dormant for more than a year will be opened up again in October
North Korea Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un is expressed a desire to restore cut communication lines with South Korea in the coming weeks – though he remains resistant to offers for dialogue coming from the United States.
On Wednesday, Kim said that the restoration of cross-border hotlines in early October would comport with the desire of the Korean people to see peace between the neighboring nations.
Still, Kim, the leader of the rogue nation, continues to accuse South Korea of being "bent on begging external support and cooperation while clamoring for international cooperation in servitude to the U.S."
The comment suggests he would prefer to keep the United States far away from matters between the two Koreas.
Kim has dismissed multiple requests from the U.S. to resume talks, labeling them an effort to hide America's "hostile policy" and "military threats," which he believes remain unchanged.
He says President Joe Biden's administration is "touting 'diplomatic engagement' and "dialogue without preconditions" but it is no more than a petty trick for deceiving the international community and hiding its hostile acts."
President Trump improved relations with Kim, or at least curbed his saber rattling, but never reach any formal peace or economic agreement.
"The U.S. remains utterly unchanged in posing military threats and pursuing hostile policy toward (North Korea) but employs more cunning ways and methods in doing so," continued Kim.
U.S. diplomats continue to push for a meeting with North Korea, but also remain committed to the sanctions currently being levied against the small country until it takes concrete steps toward denuclearization.
China, the North's single remaining ally, has also pushed the U.S. to ease some of the economically devastating sanctions.
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