Korea marks late founder's birthday, no provocation against US

Cheryl Sanders
April 17, 2019

North Korea marked the 107th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il Sung, on Monday, with no obvious provocation of the United States, despite the second denuclearization summit between the two countries collapsing in February.

The commemoration came a few days after Kim Jong Un, grandson of Kim Il Sung, was re-elected at the nation's top legislature as supreme leader and expressed eagerness to hold a third summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in his policy speech at the parliament. Trump hailed the decision, saying a third summit with Kim "would be good". Meanwhile, he stressed that the USA and the ROK were focusing on "the big deal", which, in Trump's words, is to realize denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he is willing to go anywhere to meet the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong Un for a fourth summit. "But U.S. -style dialogue of unilaterally pushing its demands doesn't fit us, and we have no interest in it".

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President Moon Jae-in, center, moves into a reception room in the Blue House along with military leaders who attended a ceremony where they were promoted to higher ranks on Monday.

According to the news agency, that trip is related to preparations for the North Korean leader's visit to Russian Federation.

Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said earlier in April at a meeting with North Korean People's Security Minister Choe Pu Il that Russia intends to promote cooperation with North Korea in various areas not affected by worldwide sanctions.

Moon said Trump was supportive of his plan for an inter-Korean summit when they met in Washington last week.

But Moon did not specifically respond to Kim's criticism that South Korea was too subservient to the "anachronistic arrogance and hostile policy of the United States", and that the South's military persisted in "veiled hostility" by conducting exercises with USA forces.

"In his speech after being re-elected as the State Affairs Commission chairman, Kim once again declared his strong determination for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of peace", Moon said.

Screenshot of U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet.

Choe also "called for making a dynamic struggle for the prosperity of Juche Korea and accomplishment of the cause of socialism, single-heartedly rallied around Kim Jong Un", KCNA said.

"Now the North is turning its eyes to Russia", Park said.

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