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A North Korean flag flutters on top of a tower at North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, as seen from Paju
FILE PHOTO: A North Korean flag flutters on top of the 160-metre tall tower at North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, September 30, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File photo Image: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

N Korea condemns denuclearization discussion at S Korea-Japan-China summit

By Cynthia Kim and Josh Smith

North Korea condemned China, Japan and South Korea on Monday for committing to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, describing their joint declaration after a rare summit in Seoul as a "grave political provocation" that violates its sovereignty.

The North has given notice of its plans to launch a rocket by June 4 to deploy a satellite, prompting the three countries to urge a halt to the move that would aid the isolated nation's ability to deliver a nuclear strike.

At their first three-way summit in Seoul since 2019, the three countries sought to co-operate on security, reiterating positions on regional peace and stability and denuclearization of the peninsula, they said in a joint statement.

Such discussion is an "insult never to be pardoned and a declaration of war against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)," however, a spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said in a swift riposte.

"To discuss the denuclearisation ... today constitutes a grave political provocation and sovereignty violation," the unidentified spokesman said in the statement reported by the North's state media.

Such a move denies the North's inviolable sovereignty and constitution reflecting the unanimous will of all the Korean people, he added.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang did not single out North Korea for criticism, but rather called on all parties to reduce tension.

While South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida urged Pyongyang to scrap its plans to launch a second spy satellite into orbit, Li made no mention of the expected launch.

China angered North Korea when it signed on to UN Security Council resolutions sanctioning Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile program from 2006 to 2017, but in recent years Beijing has joined Russia in blocking new sanctions and calling for existing measures to be eased.

North Korea launched its first military spy satellite into orbit in November, after two earlier attempts failed in 2023.

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Since China's dog has returned to normal relations with North Korea, the discussion should now be how to approve of South Korean and Japanese bombs.

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No worries buddy, as long as China supporting North Korea, that will guarantee their ballistic missiles can flies high anytime. Much of the parts in North Korean missiles rely on Chinese made. Actually the North Koreans doesn't have to worry any words written in that declaration. We don't and never honored a single word we sworn ever !

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I think North Korea is just feeling left and angry that it wasn't invited to the meeting.

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