SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- A pro-North Korean newspaper in Japan said Saturday that North Korea's talks with the United States will not be necessary if Washington does not intend to implement its June summit agreement but only seeks to stick to the status quo.
"If the U.S. does not implement the (June 12) joint statement but prefers to stick to the status quo by making a case for adjusting speed with such an expression as 'in no hurry,' there is no reason to bother to have talks," the Chosun Sinbo said in an article.
The newspaper apparently expressed discomfort over what U.S. President Donald Trump said recently after the sudden cancellation of high-level talks between North Korean and the United States scheduled for this week.
Trump attributed the cancellation to "trips that are being made," adding, "We're in no rush. We're in no hurry. The sanctions are still on."
The Chosun Sinbo called attention to a recent commentary contributed by a research center chief of the North Korean foreign ministry in which he warned the North could seriously reconsider its "byungjin policy" of economic growth and nuclear weapons development if Pyongyang's request for corresponding steps from Washington is not met.
"It is not a phrase that can be written by a research center chief's own decision," it said, hinting that the warning must have reflected an intention of higher-ups.
The North has complained that Washington has not taken corresponding measures for what it sees as substantive denuclearization steps it has implemented in recent months.
It has asked for easing or removing sanctions as a concession, but the U.S. has said that it will not consider it until the North completely gives up its nuclear and missile programs.
The newspaper said that North Korea understands that Trump has many "enemies" inside, who have different ideas on the process of implementing the June 12 summit between the two countries, but warned that its patience is getting thin.
It noted that if the U.S. takes trustworthy steps aimed at addressing North Korea's concerns, that would lead to progress in their bilateral relations and eventually make their high-level talks take place at an earlier date.
Source: Yonhap News Agency