U.S. Tracy Wilkison announces a criminal complaint being filed against Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean national accused in a series of destructive cyberattacks around the world, at a news conference in Los Angeles on September 6.
Han Yong Song, a researcher of the Institute for American Studies of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement Friday issued through the state-run Korean Central News Agency that the man listed in the complaint, Park Jin Hyok, was a "non-entity". Moon said he will focus on facilitating talks between the United States and North Korea and finding ways to ease a military standoff along the Koreas' heavily fortified border.
"The U.S. should seriously ponder over the negative consequences of circulating falsehoods and inciting antagonism against the DPRK that may affect the implementation of the joint statement adopted at the DPRK-U.S. summit", the statement said, referring to the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The Washington Post reported that Kim told South Korean representatives that he still trusts Trump.
But Kim has since sent Trump a letter seeking a second summit and held a military parade for his country's 70th birthday without showing off any intercontinental ballistic missiles, prompting warm tweets from the U.S. president and raising hopes of progress.
The U.S. -led United Nations Command on Thursday approved planned border crossings for South Koreans and material to build a new communication building and to open a new liaison office in a North Korean border village.
About 15 to 20 South Korean officials will work at the office, sleep at a nearby lodging facility in Kaesong during the weekdays and take turns staffing the office on weekends. The office launched at the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the first of its kind since the Koreas were divided at the end of World War II.
The opening comes ahead of a meeting between North and South leaders. But nuclear diplomacy was later stalemated as US officials demanded Kim take more significant steps before receiving concessions like a joint declaration to end the Korean War.
Moon is due in the North's capital on Tuesday, September 18, for a 3-day visit, his third summit with Kim this year after he orchestrated a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula and brokered June's Singapore summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump. It will be open from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday but staffed around the clock, according to a joint agreement signed by both sides.
The opening of the liaison office is a sign that even if talks between the North and the U.S. are not moving forward, the two Koreas seem determined to develop closer ties, says BBC Seoul correspondent Laura Bicker.
The two sides in the past communicated by fax or special phone lines, which would often be cut when relations soured.