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Korean Peninsula

DPRK warns Moon of "brain-washing" by U.S. at upcoming summit with Trump

Xinhua | Wed,2017-06-14


PYONGYANG, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Tuesday warned South Korean President Moon Jae-in of potential "brain-washing" efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump during their upcoming summit in Washington.

"The U.S. has buckled down to taming the South Korean authorities in an undisguised manner," said the Korean Central News Agency in a commentary.

The DPRK has criticized Moon for submitting to U.S. pressure and maintaining a hardline policy toward Pyongyang.

"What matters is that the present chief executive of South Korea (Moon), who caught the interest of the public for his remarks that 'he would always say no to the U.S.,' has now gone servile to the U.S.," said the commentary.

The United States has engaged in a "cynical ploy" against moderate governments in Seoul in the past to pressure them into accepting U.S. policy and maintaining an alliance with Washington, it said.

"The U.S. has tamed the democratic forces to keep pace with it with utmost vigilance whenever they rose to power in South Korea," said the commentary.

The DPRK has urged Moon to revive the reconciliation process in accordance with two joint declarations signed by leaders of the two sides in early 2002.

Pyongyang also urged Seoul to dismantle the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system and get rid of pro-U.S. forces in the new government.

Last month, South Korea's presidential Blue House said that South Korea and the United States had agreed to hold a summit meeting in late June in Washington.

The agreement on the summit was reached between Matt Pottinger, a senior director for East Asia at the National Security Council of the White House and Chung Eui-yong, a former South Korean ambassador to Geneva who now leads Moon's security and diplomatic task force.

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