State-controlled newspaper accuses US of ‘hatching a criminal plot’ against North Korea

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A state-controlled newspaper in North Korea is accusing the United States of “hatching a criminal plot” and “double dealing” after the U.S. canceled a planned meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean officials, Reuters reported.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper said U.S. military units in Japan were attempting to infiltrate Pyongyang, according to the news service.

“Such acts prove that the U.S. is hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war against the DPRK and commit a crime which deserves merciless divine punishment in case the U.S. fails in the scenario of the DPRK’s unjust and brigandish denuclearisation first,” the paper reportedly said.


“We cannot but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the U.S. as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face,” it added.

The accusations come after President Trump on Friday said he asked Pompeo to put off a visit to North Korea. Trump said on Twitter that he didn’t believe the visit was appropriate because he feels “we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

Pompeo was originally scheduled to make his fourth visit to North Korea this week to follow up on a framework agreement Trump reached with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, during a meeting in Singapore in mid-June.

Trump declared after that meeting that North Korea is “no longer a nuclear threat.” His decision not to send Pompeo to the country marked a rare admission from the president that North Korea’s denuclearization is not going as well as he had indicated.

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