A newspaper published by a pro-North Korean organization based in Japan said Monday that Pyongyang does not need to "beg" for dialogue with the United States.
The Choson Sinbo, a gazette of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, made the claim in an article that talked about an official invitation for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea that was extended by the North Korean leader's younger sister who visited the South as Kim Jong-un's special envoy for the PyeongChang Olympics.
The paper said that North Korea, based on its strong nuclear deterrence, was unleashing a peace offensive and cornering the Trump administration so Washington would discard its anachronistic hostile policies and call for dialogue.
The article also took note of the North Korean leader's New Year message which urged the two Koreas to no longer engage in acts that could escalate tensions.
The newspaper said it is reasonable in theory and also realistically to predict that North Korea would not conduct a nuclear test or test-fire a ballistic missile during the continuation of inter-Korean dialogue and improvement in cross-border relations.
The Chosun Sinbo is often regarded as a mouthpiece of the North Korean regime.