North Korea Warns Japan Against Meddling In Their Denuclearization

Ben Cho, June 28, 2018, 8:23 a.m.

North Korea on Tuesday warned Japan to mind its own business and not meddle in denuclearization negotiations with the U.S. and South Korea. Ju Yong-chol, a North Korean diplomat in Geneva, said during the UN Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday that Japan should refrain from intervening in the denuclearization process because it did not sign up to the agreements made between the two Koreas and the U.S. at their summits in April and June.

The representatives of Argentina, Australia, Austria, and Japan called on North Korea to adhere to the terms of the agreements with South Korea and the U.S., voicing concerns over the North's slow pace in implementing the terms of the deals.

Japan went further by threatening to side with the U.S. and South Korea to demand North Korea step up denuclearization efforts.

But Ju said, "At a time when we are seeing positive signals following the signing of the historic agreements, any erroneous assumptions that counter the efforts of the countries involved and any international attempts to criticize and pressure North Korea cannot be accepted."

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