U.S, postpones joint military drill; Trump urges N.K. leader to 'act quickly,' 'get deal done'
Updated: 2019-11-18 06:59:30 KST
Amid the ongoing deadlock in denuclearization negotiations between Washington and Pyeongyang, U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to call on the North's leader to 'act quickly', and 'get a deal done'.
According to the tweet, Trump says he's "the only one" who can get Kim where he has to be, possibly referring to security guarantees for the regime.
President Trump's comments came as Seoul and Washington announced the postponement of their upcoming combined military exercises earlier in the day.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the decision an "act of goodwill", intended to promote diplomacy and he called on Pyeongyang to "return to the negotiating table without precondition or hesitation."
The North has long viewed the allied exercises as a rehearsal for invasion, despite recent joint drills being scaled down, and receiving assurances that they are purely defensive in nature.
Despite hope that the recent decision to postpone the drills would bring North Korea back to talks, the North has instead denounced a recent UN human rights resolution against it, calling it a U.S. attempt to topple the regime.
It vowed to never discuss its nuclear program unless Washington stops its (quote) 'hostile policy' against the regime.
Last Thursday the UN Third Committee, which oversees humanitarian issues, adopted a resolution calling for accountability for gross human rights violations in the North.
Pyeongyang views any attempt to raise the issue of its human rights at the UN as an attempt at bringing down its regime.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.