North Korea on Saturday called US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability”, accusing her of inciting anti-North Korean sentiment and angering China during his Asian tour earlier this week. Pelosi traveled to South Korea after visiting Taiwan, prompting China to launch military exercises, including missile training in waters near the self-ruled island. China regards Taiwan as part of its own territory that will be annexed by force if necessary. (Also read | Taiwan remains defiant in the face of China’s threats)
While in South Korea, Pelosi visited a border area with North Korea and discussed the North’s nuclear program with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin Pyo. According to Kim, the two agreed to support their governments’ push for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula based on strong and broad deterrence against the North and diplomacy.
On Saturday, Jo Yong Sam, director general of the press and information department of North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, criticized Pelosi for her border visit and discussion of anti-Korean deterrence.
“Pelosi, who had come under due criticism from China for destroying regional peace and stability by visiting Taiwan, raised the atmosphere of confrontation” with North Korea during his stay in South Korea, he said I in a statement published by the state media. .
Calling Pelosi “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability,” Jo argued that Pelosi’s behavior in South Korea clearly showed the Biden administration’s hostile policy toward North Korea.
“It would be a fatal mistake for her to think that she can stay free on the Korean Peninsula,” Jo warned. “The United States will have to pay dearly for all the sources of trouble generated by her wherever she goes.”
Pelosi’s visit to the Joint Security Area on the Korean border on Thursday made her the most high-profile American since President Donald Trump visited in 2019 for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Located within the world’s most fortified border, the area is jointly controlled by the US-led United Nations Command and North Korea. US presidents and other senior officials have previously traveled to the area to reaffirm their security commitment to South Korea amid tensions with North Korea.
During her visit to the JSA, Pelosi did not make strong public statements against North Korea. He posted several photos of the JSA on Twitter and wrote, “We conveyed the gratitude of Congress and the Country for the patriotic service of our service members, who stand as sentinels of democracy on the Korean Peninsula.”
Pelosi said in a separate statement that she and Kim, South Korea’s parliamentary spokeswoman, reaffirmed “our commitment to the U.S.-Korea alliance to advance security, strengthen our supply chains, and increase the trade and investments that are beneficial to our nations.”
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula remain high following North Korea’s torrid series of missile tests earlier this year. US and South Korean officials said North Korea is ready to conduct its first nuclear weapons test in five years.
North Korea has said it would not return to denuclearization talks and would focus on expanding its nuclear program unless the United States abandons its hostile policies, in an apparent reference to US-led international sanctions on the North and its regular military exercises with South Korea.
After Pelosi visited Taiwan and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to upholding democracy on the self-governing island, North Korea on Wednesday issued a statement rebuking the US and supporting China, its main ally and biggest aid benefactor .
Pelosi was the first speaker of the House to visit Taiwan in 25 years.