Trump: Talks Are 'Doing Great,' North Korea Disagrees
U.S. President Donald Trump says his North Korea policy is "doing great."
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says talks with North Korea are making "progress."
Yet the North's government seems to disagree about the direction of nuclear talks with South Korea and the United States. North Korea's Foreign Ministry Thursday criticized the two countries, and said it could completely pull out of the talks.
The Korean Central News Agency reported the ministry's statement. It added there is no guarantee negotiations would restart.
The news agency noted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's demand that the United States change the way it negotiates. He wants a new U.S. approach to the talks by the end of the year.
"Our repeated warning is not...an empty word," said Kwon Jong Gun. He is director-general of the Department of American Affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry.
The comments are evidence of the differences between the appeasing language used by U.S. officials and the aggressive language used by North Korea.
"There is a big disconnect," said David Kim. He specializes in East Asia security policy at the Stimson Center, a research center based in Washington, D.C.
The nuclear talks have been on hold since the February summit of Kim and Trump in Vietnam. That meeting ended without an agreement.
Kim was unhappy with the U.S. government's slow easing of sanctions against North Korea. Trump was unhappy that Kim would not agree to completely give up his country's nuclear program. Since then, North Korea has ignored U.S. requests to restart lower-level talks.
The two leaders recently exchanged personal letters. Trump called the letters "beautiful," while Kim said he was seriously thinking about their "interesting" content.
South Korea's Moon announced Wednesday the United States and North Korea are involved in "behind the scenes" talks on a third Trump-Kim meeting. He also suggested North and South Korean officials are holding meetings.
But the North Korean Foreign Ministry on Thursday denied there were any talks with the South Korean government. It also rejected the idea of the South helping with contacts between the North and the United States.
The foreign ministry said that South Korea is falsely spreading the idea that the two Koreas are in "closed-door meetings." It added that South Korea should mind its own business.
Trump to visit DMZ?
Trump plans to travel to South Korea later this week. During his two-day visit, he is set to hold talks with President Moon. South Korean officials say Trump may also visit the demilitarized zone, DMZ, separating the two Koreas.
Some people thought Trump might use a DMZ visit to hold a third meeting with Kim. But before leaving Washington, Trump said he would "not quite" meet with the North Korean leader.
"But I may be speaking to him in a different form," Trump said.
Both Trump and Kim often praise their friendly relationship. Both have said they will consider a third meeting. U.S. officials have not commented on Moon's suggestion that planning for the meeting has begun.
Hostile comments to continue?
In recent weeks, North Korea has increased its aggressive language, but appears to be doing so carefully. It does not attack Trump, but, instead, it attacks lower-level U.S. officials.
Last month, North Korea restarted tests of ballistic missiles for the first time in 18 months. However, it has not resumed testing its longer-range missiles because that would be seen as an offensive move.
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然而，朝鲜政府似乎对该国与朝、美所进行的核谈判的发展方向有异议 。朝鲜外务省周四指责两国，并称朝鲜可能彻底退出谈判 。
该通讯社指出，朝鲜领导人金正恩要求美国改变谈判方式 。他希望美国在今年年底前采取新的谈判途径 。
朝鲜外务省北美事务局局长权正根（Kwon Jong Gun）说：“我们一再的警告并非虚张声势 。”
华盛顿史汀生中心的东亚安全政策专家大卫·金（David Kim）表示：“双方存在严重脱节 。”
金正恩一直对美国政府逐渐放宽对朝鲜的制裁不满，而特朗普对金正恩不愿彻底弃核不悦 。此后，朝鲜一直对美国要求重启低级别会谈一事置之不理闻 。
两位领导人最近互致亲笔信件 。特朗普称这些信件“很美”，金正恩则表示，正在认真考虑“有趣”的信件内容 。
韩国总统文在寅周三宣布，美国和朝鲜参与了第三次特金会的幕后对话 。他还暗示，韩朝官员正在举行会谈 。
特朗普计划本周晚些时候访问韩国 。他在为期两天的访问中将与韩国总统文在寅举行会谈 。韩国官员表示，特朗普还可能会访问朝韩边界的非军事区 。
外界猜测，特朗普可能会借访问非军事区之机与金正恩举行第三次峰会 。但是特朗普在离开华盛顿时表示，不会与朝鲜领导人会晤 。
特朗普和金正恩经常互赞双方的友好关系 。两人都表示，会考虑举行第三次峰会 。美方官员尚未对文在寅所说的“启动筹划特金会”一事置评 。
近几周朝鲜升级了其敌对言论，但是似乎在措辞方面较为谨慎 。朝鲜并未直接攻击特朗普，而是抨击低级别的美国官员 。