SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea on Saturday called US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability” and accused her of inciting anti-North Korean sentiment and angering China during her tour of Asia earlier this week. blamed.
Pelosi traveled to South Korea after visiting Taiwan, which prompted China to launch military exercises, including missile strike training, in waters close to the self-governing island. China sees Taiwan as part of its territory that will be forcibly annexed if necessary.
While in South Korea, Pelosi visited a border area with North Korea and discussed the North’s nuclear program with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin Pyo. According to Kim, the two agreed to support their governments’ push towards denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula, based on strong, expanded deterrence and diplomacy against the North.
On Saturday, Jo Yong Sam, director-general of the press and information affairs department of the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticized Pelosi for her border visit and anti-North Korean deterrence debate.
“Following necessary criticism from China for destroying regional peace and stability by visiting Taiwan, Pelosi stirred the atmosphere of conflict with North Korea during her stay in South Korea,” Jo said in a statement carried by state media. .
Describing Pelosi as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”, Jo argued that Pelosi’s behavior in South Korea clearly demonstrates the Biden administration’s hostile policy towards North Korea.
“It would be a fatal mistake to think that it could run smoothly on the Korean Peninsula,” Jo warned. “The United States will have to pay dearly for all the sources of trouble it creates wherever it goes.”
Pelosi’s visit to the Joint Security Zone on the Korean border on Thursday made her the most high-profile American to have been there since – President Donald Trump visited in 2019 for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Located within the world’s most fortified border, the region is jointly controlled by the US-led United Nations Command and North Korea. U.S. presidents and other top officials have traveled to the region before to reaffirm their security commitments to South Korea in times of hostilities with North Korea.
During her JSA visit, Pelosi did not make any strong statements against North Korea. He uploaded several photos from the JSA to Twitter and wrote: “We express our gratitude to Congress and the Country for the patriotic service of our soldiers who stand as the guardians of Democracy on the Korean Peninsula.”
In a separate statement, Pelosi said she and South Korean parliament speaker Kim reaffirmed “our commitment to the U.S.-Korea alliance to advance security, strengthen our supply chains, and increase trade and investment that is beneficial to both our nations.”
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high after North Korea’s violent missile tests earlier this year. US and South Korean officials said North Korea is ready to conduct its first nuclear weapons test in five years.
North Korea has said it will not return to denuclearization talks unless the United States abandons its hostile policies and will instead focus on expanding its nuclear program, with clear reference to US international sanctions against North Korea and regular military exercises with South Korea.
After Pelosi visited Taiwan and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to defending democracy on the self-governing island, North Korea on Wednesday issued a statement rebuking the United States and supporting China, its main ally and biggest benefactor of aid.
Pelosi was the first Assembly speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years.