World · August 6, 2022

North Korea denounces Nancy Pelosi for deterrence talks while visiting Seoul

North Korea criticized US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her recent visit to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone, calling it the “worst destroyer of international peace”.
Pelosi, who visited Seoul earlier this week after a trip to Taiwan, became the highest U.S. official to visit the joint security area between the two Koreas since then President Donald Trump met with the leader. North Korean Kim Jong Un in 2019.

Prior to the JSA visit, Pelosi discussed the “grave situation” and growing threat posed by the North’s nuclear weapons program with her South Korean counterpart, National Assembly President Kim Jin-pyo.

The couple called for “a strong and extensive deterrence against North Korea” and vowed to support Washington and Seoul’s efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang.
On Saturday, North Korea denounced Ms Pelosi for both her discussions with Mr. Kim who for his visit to the ACC.
In addition to the deterrence talks, Pelosi “also made an appearance in the joint security area of ​​Panmunjom, completely betraying the vision of the hostile policy of the current US administration towards the DPRK,” said Jo Yong Sam, an official from North Foreign Ministry of Korea, using the official name of the North.
“The United States is just adding fuel to the fire,” Jo added in a statement released by the official Korean central news agency in Pyongyang.

The ACC is the only point along the tense 250-kilometer border where North Korean soldiers and the US-led UN command have come face to face.

Ms. Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan also attracted threats and massive military exercises from China, which sees the island as self-governing as part of its territory and has promised to take it by force if necessary.
China is the North’s main ally and trading partner, and Pyongyang also lashed out at Ms. Pelosi during the visit.
“Pelosi, the worst destroyer of international peace and stability … incurred the wrath of the Chinese people for his recent trip to Taiwan,” the foreign ministry said in the statement.
“The United States will have to pay dearly for all the sources of trouble generated by her wherever she has gone.”
The rebuke from the north comes about a week after Kim Jong Un said his country is “ready to mobilize” its nuclear deterrent in any future military conflict with the US and Seoul.
North Korea has conducted a record weapons test blitz so far this year, including launching a full-range ICBM for the first time since 2017.

Officials in Washington and Seoul have repeatedly warned that the North is preparing to carry out what would be its seventh nuclear test, a move the United States has warned would provoke a “swift and decisive” response.