March 12, 2018 12:18
North Korea's state media have given no public response to U.S. President Donald Trump accepting the proposal of a summit from leader Kim Jong-un.
They have also been conspicuously silent about more concrete plans for a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April.
Instead it has been business as usual, with floridly worded denunciations of the U.S. and defenses of the North's nuclear ambitions.
The Rodong Sinmun daily over the weekend warned against a "U.S. invasion" like the one suffered by Iraq. The paper said the U.S. "invaded Iraq eventually" after the long-term sanctions and it tries to "use the similar tactics to us."
But the state media are aimed at domestic readers, so it is unclear what if anything is to be inferred from rhetoric that merely follows the decades-old party line.
The Choson Sinbo, a North Korean mouthpiece in Japan, did carry an article announcing the U.S.-North Korean summit on Saturday but deleted it a day later.
North Korean media have also said nothing about Kim's pledge to halt nuclear and missile tests while dialogue is going on.
A government official here said, "It looks like the North needs more time to sort things out before announcing something that is the complete opposite to what it has been telling its people."
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