North Korea has denounced U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to South Korea, calling it an attempt by Washington to provoke "South Korean conservative forces into confrontation" with Pyongyang.
During the meeting, Pelosi reaffirmed the United States' commitment to support South Korea's efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula through deterrence and diplomatic dialogue. Both sides expressed concerns over the "grave situation of rising threats from North Korea."
Pelosi also visited the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), making her the highest-ranking U.S. official to do so since former President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un there in 2019.
Jo Yong Sam, director general at the North Korean Foreign Ministry's press and information affairs department, condemned Pelosi's visit to South Korea and called her "the worst destroyer of international peace and stability."
Pyongyang said that Pelosi's bilateral talks with South Korean authorities on security alliance and her visit to the DMZ exemplified "the hostile policy" of the Biden administration toward North Korea.
"It would be a fatal mistake for her to think that she can go scot-free in the Korean Peninsula," Jo remarked. "The U.S. will have to pay dearly for all the sources of trouble spawned by her wherever she went."
North Korea has conducted a series of missile launches this year, including one involving its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-17, all of which are banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions on Pyongyang's missile program.
South Korea has been pushing for a formal declaration to end the 1950–53 Korean War to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The two countries agreed to an armistice in 1953.
China Uses North Korea as 'Buffer State': PompeoFormer Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on July 13 that China deters North Korea from participating in denuclearization efforts pursued by the United States because Beijing “benefits from Chairman Kim [Jong Un] continuing to hold his nuclear weapons.”
Pompeo, who was one of the key people that made the historic Trump–Kim summits in 2019 possible, believes that Kim is a puppet of the Chinese leader Xi Jinping. He said that Kim has limited degrees of freedom.
“Not a single one of the meetings that I had with Chairman Kim, nor any meeting that President Trump had with Chairman Kim was not preceded by [Kim] meeting with Xi Jinping,” Pompeo said.
“There were times I had serious conversations with Chairman Kim only to find that right after my departure, a call from Xi Jinping came in and said, ‘Don’t you dare head down that path with that Secretary of State,’” he added.
Pompeo said that Kim was “savvy” and wanted to give up nuclear weapons in exchange for greater economic engagement from the United States. However, the Chinese regime didn’t allow him to take that direction.