The Unification Ministry said Monday that North Korea’s reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump’s Asia tour, which included a visit to South Korea, was relatively moderate in both format and content compared to the past.
Ministry spokesman, Baik Tae-hyun, unveiled the assessment in a news briefing when he talked about a statement that the North’s Foreign Ministry released on Trump’s Asia tour last Saturday.
Baik noted that when former U.S. President Barack Obama visited South Korea in 2014, the North had issued critical remarks through a statement by its defense and foreign ministries as well as the Committee of Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland the day after Obama left South Korea.
However, Baik said that the North’s latest statement from its Foreign Ministry was unveiled three days after Trump had left South Korea.
Baik also said the North’s statement did not include any threats of military response and had less slandering against Trump compared to a statement that leader Kim Jong-un issued in September.
Baik then reiterated that there is a bright future for the North if it stops engaging in reckless provocations and threats and takes the path toward dialogue. He added that Seoul has continuously vowed to resolve the North’s nuclear issue peacefully and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.