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N.K. slams Trump's visit to S. Korea

North Korea condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to South Korea on Wednesday, saying that the move is aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, igniting the risk of a nuclear war.

But the North's state media has yet to make official comments on the summit between President Moon Jae-in and Trump that was held a day earlier amid Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats.

"Trump has flown to South Korea as he seeks to strengthen military threats against us and has an intention to light the fuse for a nuclear war," the Rodong Sinmun, the main newspaper, said in a commentary.

"The problem is that South Korea is blindly following the U.S. which is intent on the scheme for a nuclear war," it added.

Trump arrived in Seoul on Tuesday for a two-day visit as part of his five-nation Asia tour.

At a joint press conference held Tuesday, Trump softened his tone on North Korea in a far cry from his recent incendiary rhetoric, such as warning of "fire and fury." He had also mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by calling him "Little Rocket Man."

Trump said that "it makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world."

North Korea has said that it will not put its nuclear weapons on the negotiation table. Pyongyang is seeking to complete the development of a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S.

Tensions have heightened on the Korean Peninsula amid the North's sixth nuclear test and missile testing, and exchanges of bellicose language between Trump and the North's leader.

North Korea has not staged provocative acts for more than 50 days since it flew a missile over Japan in mid-September.

This photo taken Nov. 7, 2017, shows President Moon Jae-in (R) and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump (L) speaking to reporters after their summit. (Yonhap)

Kim Jung-mi  edt@koeapost.com

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