On Sunday a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) spoke to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and accused the United States of “recently misleading the public,” in regards to what role the U.S. sanctions played in the intentions for North Korea to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
The spokesman also goes on to warn the U.S. not to miscalculate the peace-loving intention of DPRK as a sign of “weakness”:
The U.S. is deliberately provoking the DPRK at the time when the situation on the Korean peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation thanks to the historic north-south summit and the Panmunjom Declaration. This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one.
The warning from North Korea comes just two days after President Trump told reporters that the date and time for the meeting with North Korea had been set and that an announcement would be made soon.
It also comes just one day after Pyongyang announced that it moved it’s clocks forward by thirty-minutes, to correspond with the time on the Seoul’s side of the border. It was a measure that had been proposed at the April twenty-seventh summit, between the two Korea’s.
On Wednesday President Trump sent this tweet.
As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
On Friday speaking with Fox and Friends, former Mayor of New York and now, newest member to President Trump’s legal team, Rudy Giuliani said “We impressed Kim Jong Un enough to release prisoners today.”
On Friday Morning President Trump while speaking to reporters says that “we” are having substantive on-going talks with North Korea and we should “stay tune.”
When will US prisoners in North Korea be released? “Stay tuned,” Trump says https://t.co/8290blIy43
— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) May 4, 2018
The three prisoners being held, Kim Dong-chul, sentenced to ten years hard labor for spying on North Korea in April 2016. Kim Hak Song, detained in May 2017 for hostile acts. Tony Kim detained at the airport as he was set to depart, April 2017, also accused of hostile acts. There has been no updated beyond they were moved from the labor camps and taken to the capital.