North Korea urges Trump to be ‘bold’ to break deadlock

North Korean state media blamed U.S. President Donald Trump’s political opponents for the “deadlock” over denuclearisation on Saturday, urging him to act boldly to make progress on the thorny issue. Mr. Trump and Kim Jong-un held a summit in Singapore in June, which the U.S. leader touted as a historic breakthrough. At the meeting, the pair struck a vague agreement to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, but there has been little movement since. Meanwhile the North has criticised Washington for its “gangster-like” and “unilateral” demands for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of Pyongyang’s atomic arsenal. On Saturday, Rodong Sinmun , the North’s most prominent daily, praised Mr. Trump for seeking to improve U.S.-North Korea ties and achieve world peace, which it said would be the “feat of the century”. “However, he faces too many opponents,” it said in a signed commentary. The newspaper said Democrats and even some Republicans are hampering Mr. Trump’s efforts for their own partisan interests while media hostile to Mr. Trump is undermining his policies. It accused bureaucrats and Mr. Trump’s aides of “speaking and moving in contradiction to the President’s will” and “distorting facts and covering up his eyes and ears in order to mislead him to a wrong decision”. Mr. Trump’s political opponents are “raising their voice, dismissing the Singapore joint statement and boycotting a declaration of an end to the war”, Rodong Sinmun said. “The current deadlock in the DPRK-U.S. relations requires President Trump’s bold decision,” it added.

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