North Korea over the weekend called out the United States for “misleading” the American people by incorrectly crediting the recent summit between North and South Korea to the Trump administration's ongoing maximum pressure campaign.
As both the Kim Jong Un-led nation and the U.S. prepare to hold a historic summit, the North’s official KCNA news agency called out President Donald Trump for “misleading public opinion” by claiming sanctions led to the country's denuclearization pledge, according to Reuters.
"This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one,” a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.
The comments mark the first criticism from North Korea since Trump announced plans to meet with Kim later this year.
Following April's historic summit between North and South Korea, which saw both countries sign a pledge to work toward their “common goal” of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, Trump praised his administration's work in keeping maximum pressure on the North for leading both nations to come together in peace.
“After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!” Trump wrote.
“KOREAN WAR TO END!” he added. “The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” he added.
But Trump isn't the only one praising the U.S.'s involvement in North Korea relations. South Korea President Moon Jae-in said Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in working toward bridging the rift between the two nations.
"President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace,” he said.
Others have also called for the president to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in dealing with North Korea, including 18 House Republicans who all formally nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize last week in a letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
“Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region," the representatives write.
“His Administration successfully united the international community, including China, to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history.”