Pyongyang condemns Blinken’s ‘shameful begging trip’ to China

Seoul, June 21 (EFE).- North Korea said Wednesday in an editorial that the recent visit of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to China was a “shameful begging trip” for an improvement in bilateral relations, the worsening of which it said was the fault of US government.

The text, written by Pyonyang’s “international affairs analyst” Jong Yong-hak and published by the state Korean Central News Agency, said that “from the first day of its assumption of power, the Biden administration in the grip of repugnancy toward the Chinese government had made the pressure and control in an all-round way the point of its policy towards China.”

According to the analyst, Washington “deliberately escalated the confrontation, violated the legal development and interests of the Chinese people and attempted in every way to prevent the prosperity of China.”

Jong accused the US of describing the Chinese Communist Party as “a devil and spoke ill of the ‘human rights’ situation in China” and Biden of committing “serious political and military provocation without hesitation by openly suggesting US forces’ ‘military intervention’ over the Taiwan issue, the most important of China’s main interests.”

“It is none other than the present US administration that has deliberately escalated the regional tensions while strengthening the anti-China complexes, including Quad and Aukus, and seeking to establish a new military bloc consisting of Japan and puppet south Korea,” the analyst claimed.

“In a word, the US state secretary’s recent junket can never be judged otherwise than a disgraceful begging trip of the provoker admitting the failure of the policy of putting pressure on China,” Jong concluded.

During Blinken’s trip over Sunday and Monday, the first a US secretary of state has made to China in five years, Washington and Beijing agreed to put their relations on track amid their intensifying rivalry, though without any major breakthroughs.

Blinken asked Beijing to use its “tremendous influence” over Pyongyang – which has its main trading partner in China – to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.

North Korea has rejected calls for dialogue by South Korea and the US, which last year resumed their large-scale combined military drills and rotating deployment of US strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula as Pyongyang conducted a record number of weapons tests. EFE


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