Sung Kim added that the United States does not have “hostile intentions” towards the DPRK.
Washington is ready to negotiate with Pyongyang at any time and in any place. This was stated on Monday by the U.S. Special Representative for the DPRK, Sung Kim, following consultations held in Seoul on Monday with the Special Representative of the Republic of Korea for Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula, Noh Kyu-duk. The YTN TV channel reports this.
“I am ready to meet with North Korean partners anywhere, at any time,” Sung Kim stressed, adding that the U.S. has no “hostile intentions” towards the DPRK. “The ongoing South Korean-American military exercises have a long history; they are routine and are exclusively defensive in nature,” the diplomat stressed.
On August 16, the military of the United States and the Republic of Korea began nine-day command and staff exercises, which are held in the format of computer modeling and do not provide for a field phase. Due to the unfavorable epidemiological situation, the number of participants has been reduced to a minimum. The DPRK has previously condemned the conduct of these exercises, calling them a rehearsal for a military invasion of the north of the Korean peninsula.
Sung Kim also said that during the consultations with Noh Kyu-duk, the topic of providing humanitarian assistance to Pyongyang was touched upon. “We discussed possible humanitarian support to the DPRK, confirming the U.S. readiness to promote the development of inter-Korean dialogue and rapprochement,” he stressed. It is expected that Sung Kim will later meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, who arrived in Seoul on Saturday. As reported, the American special representative will call on Moscow to assist in resuming dialogue with Pyongyang and touch on anti-North Korean sanctions.