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Pyongyang keeps up harsh rhetoric despite invitation to Trump

IANS  |  Seoul 

on Saturday kept up its usual war rhetoric against in its official media, despite Kim Jong-un's invitation to the US for a meeting, which has not been mentioned yet in any North Korean state

Official North Korean daily, Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling carried an opinion piece which lashed out at the latest US sanctions and said the country would not bow down to pressure by Washington, Efe news reported.

The article said that would not let the US "determine good and evil" according to their leader and "trample upon justice and truth".

The piece also said that the latest sanctions, announced by on March 7, against the regime for the alleged use of in 2017 to assassinate Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, were "very dangerous" and "might provoke a war".

The text further said that would not bow down to the military power, sanctions and blockades of

No North Korean has reported the announcement made by the South Korean delegation that met Kim in this week, which said that the North Korean leader had offered to hold a meeting about denuclearisation with Trump.

Although Trump almost immediately accepted the offer to hold a meeting in May, the on Friday tried to tone down the hype and said that the meeting would not take place without "concrete actions" by Pyongyang that prove its will to abandon nuclear arms.

If the encounter materialises, it would be the first meeting between leaders of and the US after almost 70 years of confrontation that began with the Korean War (1950-53) and 25 years of failed negotiations and tensions due to Pyongyang's nuclear program.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 12:42 IST