North Korea condemned the recent visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, calling Pelosi “the most dangerous destroyer of international peace.”
Pelosi, who visited Seoul earlier this week after stopping in Taiwan, was the most senior U.S. official to visit the “Joint Security Zone” separating the two Koreas since former President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in this region in 2019. .
Before visiting the AO, Pelosi discussed with her South Korean counterpart, Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin Pyo, “the grave situation and growing threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.”
Both sides called for a “strong and broad containment of North Korea” and pledged to support joint efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang.
On Saturday, North Korea condemned Pelosi’s talks with Kim Jin Pyo and her visit to the “Joint Security Zone”.
In addition to the containment talks, North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Yong-sam said, “(Pelosi) visited the Panmunjom Joint Security Zone to clearly expose the hostile policy of the current US administration towards the (North) Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”
“The United States is adding fuel to the fire,” he added in a statement released by the official Korea Central News Agency.
The “Joint Security Zone” is the only point on the 250-kilometer border between the two Koreas.
Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has prompted China to issue threats and massive military exercises as Beijing sees the autonomous island as part of its territory and intends to take it back, albeit by force.
China is an important ally and trading partner of North Korea, which condemned Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.