Kim Jong-un calls for re-establishment of hotlines at North Korean-South Korean border

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants to re-establish direct lines of communication with Seoul to promote peace.

However, he denounced the offers of talks with the United States as “underhand means” to cover up his hostility towards Pyongyang.

His statement is a clear attempt to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington as he pleases South Korea To help him get relief from crippling economic sanctions and other US-led concessions.

In a speech to his country’s parliament on Wednesday, Kim said the reestablishment of the cross-border hotlines – which have largely been inactive for over a year – would meet the Korean people’s wishes for peace in Korea, according to one. responsible. Korean Central News Agency.

Kim continues to accuse South Korea of ​​being “determined to beg for external support and cooperation while demanding international cooperation in the service of the United States,” rather than committing to settle affairs in such a manner. independent between the two Koreas.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry has responded that it will prepare to re-establish hotlines it deems necessary to discuss and resolve several outstanding issues.

She said the channels should “run smoothly” as they were restored at the direct request of Kim Jong Un.

Earlier this month, Pyongyang offered to hold conditional Seoul talks with Seoul First rocket launch in six months And he has stepped up his criticism of the United States.

As for the United States, Kim Jong Un rejected repeated proposals by Washington to resume talks without preconditions, describing them as an attempt to cover up America’s “hostile policies” and “military threats” which he said , had not changed.

Biden administration “favors” diplomatic engagement “and” no prior dialogue “, but it is nothing more than a small ploy to deceive the international community and cover up its hostility and expand hostile policies pursued by the administrations successive Americans, he said.

He added: “The United States has not changed at all in formulating military threats and pursuing a hostile policy towards (North Korea), but they use more delicate means and methods ”.

The UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting on Thursday at the request of the United States, United Kingdom and France in connection with recent North Korean tests.

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