By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik
There are indications that even President Moon Jae-in, who has obviously supported Chairman Kim Jong-Un of North Korea in spite of various adverse criticisms from the opposition camp, has now realized that the North Korean leaders “are getting out of hands.”
“We have overcome various difficulties and even avoided critical moments of the danger of another war and we should not step backward from these achievements.”
So declared President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (south) on June 17 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of June-16 Joint Declaration of the Republic of Korea and North Korea.
Then he said that both sides should try to solve the difficult problems through dialogue and cooperation.
President Moon expressed deep concern over North Korea’s statements and actions, which he termed “senseless” and warned again that the North Korean leadership should bear the responsibility for the outcome of a series of ‘senseless’ actions recently taken by the North.
“We clearly warn that North Korea’s senseless words and actions will not be tolerated anymore,” said Yoon Do-han, the Presidential senior public relations secretary.
Yoon was referring to the remarks made by Vice Chairperson Kim Yo-jong of the (North) Korean Workers’ Party (sister of Chairman Kim Jong-un). She had criticized President Moon’s speech made earlier on June 15 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the June-15 Inter-Korean Declaration.
Yoon said Kim Yo-jong’s words showed that North Korea did not fully understand Moon’s statements and that they basically inflicted damage to the trust built between President Moon of the South and Chairman Kim Jong-Un of North Korea.
Yoon also stated that North Korea revealed the confidential approach made by Moon to Kim where Moon suggested that he would special envoys to Pyeonhgyang to find a breakthrough to the situation. Yoon said that the North Korean leadership deliberately misinterpreted Moon’s intentions and one-sidedly disclosed the confidential information, which, he said, begged precedence.
Yoon said, “The recent statements and actions by North Korea are not only useless but also will hold the North Korean leadership responsible for all the developments that might follow.”
Vice Chairperson Kim Yo-jong’s response to President Moon’s speech was disclosed by the Korean Central News Agency on June 10. In the statement, she said that the speech was little more than the excuses of a “scoundrel.”
In the statement, Kim Yo-jong also called Moon’s speech an “expression of cowardice and subservience,” stating that Moon’s actions on the inter-Korean relations showed the South’s subservience to the United States.