November 13, 2017 09:15
North Korea Saturday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's tour of South Korea, China and Japan as a "warmonger's visit" and "war merchant's junket."
"On his first Asia tour since his inauguration, Trump has been roaming around us from Nov. 5," a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement in the official [North] Korean Central News Agency.
He called the tour a "warmonger's visit aimed at depriving [the North] of its self-defensive nuclear deterrent power."
"Making absurd remarks against our ideology and system," Trump "attempted to alienate our government from the people and fan confrontation between [the North] and the international community by demonizing us," the statement added.
The North was apparently incensed by Trump's speech in the National Assembly in Seoul last week, which referred to the North as a "prison state" and "a hell that no person deserves."
Prof. Nam Sung-wook of Korea University said, "Pyongyang's denunciation was not as harsh as expected and it hasn't carried out any provocation for two months, which suggests that it still wants dialogue with Washington."
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