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North Korea warns US of presidential election 'hair-raiser' if meddling continues

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 11 June 2020 5:07 AM

North Korea has warned the United States to "hold its tongue" and stay out of inter-Korea affairs or risk seeing its upcoming presidential election go haywire.

In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday, Kwon Jong-gun, director-general for US affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, slammed the "double-dealing attitudes" of the United States, warning Washington to mind its own internal affairs.

"If the US pokes its nose into others' affairs with careless remarks, far from minding its internal affairs, at a time when its political situation is in the worst-ever confusion, it may encounter an unpleasant thing hard to deal with," Kwon said.

The United States should "hold its tongue" and address its own domestic problems unless it wants to "experience a hair-raiser," the North Korean official said. "It would be good not only for the US interests, but also for the easy holding of upcoming presidential election."

The warning came after the US State Department expressed disappointment over North Korea's decision to suspend communication hotlines with South Korea.

On Tuesday, North Korea severed its military and presidential hotlines with the South, citing South Korea's "treacherous behavior."

North Korea's relations with the South have recently worsened.

Last Thursday, North Korea warned that it could scrap a recent inter-Korean military accord if the South failed to stop North Korean defectors from sending propaganda leaflets into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two countries.

A thaw between the two Koreas began back in January 2018. Leaders from the two countries met, diplomatic visits were exchanged, and joint events were held.

South Korea also brokered diplomacy between the North and the United States. While incumbent US President Donald Trump met with Kim three times, sparking hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough, interactions between Washington and Pyongyang gradually came to a halt over Trump's refusal to relieve any of the harsh US-led sanctions on the North in spite of several major goodwill measures by Pyongyang.

The United States has been attempting to pressure the North into giving up its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea maintains that its nuclear and missile capabilities are intended to defend the country against potential aggression amid persisting joint war games by Seoul and Washington on the Korean Peninsula.

The two Koreas remain technically at war since the 1950-1953 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

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