North Korea criticizes Obama's Asian trip
North Korea has criticized US President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to Asia, calling it a very dangerous move. North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency issued a statement from the foreign ministry on Monday. It said Obama's trip to Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries will raise tensions and accelerate a nuclear arms race in the unstable region.
It also warns that maneuvers by the United States would have a negative impact on any resumption of the 6-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The statement said the United States should dispassionately examine whether such a hostile policy is in its interests. Senior officials from Japan, the US and South Korea met in Washington earlier this month and reaffirmed stepping up sanctions based on UN resolutions if the North conducts another nuclear test. Senior defense officials from the 3 countries also met last week to discuss North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
Obama plans to discuss North Korea's nuclear development with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye.