North Korea slams U.S. for ‘reckless’ support of Taiwan as tensions with China grow

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North Korea on Saturday accused the Biden administration of escalating military tensions with China through “reckless” support of Taiwan, and said a US military presence in the region is a potential threat to the North.

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In remarks made by state media, North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Myeong Ho criticized the United States for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait and providing Taiwan a self-governing island that China is part of its territory. As with advanced weapon systems and military claims. Training.

The United States’ “indiscriminate interference” in Taiwan’s issues, which the North sees solely as a Chinese internal matter, threatens to touch “the delicate situation on the Korean peninsula”.


Pakistan’s statement comes a day after President Joe Biden said in a CNN town hall program that he had committed to come to the defense of Taiwan under Chinese attack. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it appears to blur Washington’s long-standing stance of maintaining “strategic ambiguity” over whether it will intervene if China invades Taiwan. House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Biden had no intention of explaining the change in policy.

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China and Taiwan separated in 1949 amid civil war, and although it maintains only formal diplomatic relations with Beijing, the US is committed by law to ensure that Taiwan can defend itself from external threats.

North Korea has criticized the broader US security role in the Indo-Pacific amid intense competition with Pyongyang’s key ally and economic lifeline China. Last month, the North threatened unspecified retaliation following the Biden administration’s decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia.

“It is a well-known fact that the US military and its military bases in (South Korea) are used to pressurize China and that the vast forces of the US and its satellite states, which are concentrated near Taiwan, can at any time Stay committed to the military campaign targeting the DPRK,” Pak said, using an abbreviation for the North’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

He said the growing military presence of US-led “hostile forces” in the region was based on a “lame claim” that North Korea and China would cause trouble in Taiwan and the Korean Peninsula.

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“This proves the reality that America is trying to suppress our country and China, both socialist countries, to maintain their supremacy,” Pakistan said.

Nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang have stalled for more than two years over the issue of US-led sanctions easing in return for North Korea’s moves to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Pyongyang sees possession of nuclear weapons as the last guarantor of the existence of the Kim dynasty that has governed the country with an iron fist since the 1940s.

Ending a month-long hiatus in September, North Korea is ramping up its missile tests by making a conditional peace offer to Seoul, reviving a pattern of pressuring South Korea to accept what it wants from the United States. Try to get what you want.

Biden’s special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, arrived in South Korea on Saturday for talks with allies to revive talks with North Korea. Kim told reporters he hoped to have “productive” discussions with South Korean officials during their meeting on Sunday, before leaving the airport without any further questions.

The Biden administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan underscores a broad shift in America’s focus away from terrorism and so-called rogue states like North Korea and Iran. It is focusing on confronting a near-partner adversary in China, and part of that clear strategy appears to be to offer the North a resumption of talks without preconditions.

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But the North has so far rejected the idea of ​​open-ended talks, saying Washington should abandon its “hostile policy”, a term North Korea mainly calls for sanctions and US-South Korea joint military exercises. refers to the.

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