The official was referring to USA claims that Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table.
North Korea has accused Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono of "hostile behavior" against the DPRK at a time when diplomatic efforts are being made to find a way out of the military and political crisis on the Korean Peninsula ahead of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the North's Arirang-Meari news agency reported on Monday.
At the meeting, Trump plans to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.
Trump told reporters on Friday that arrangements for the meeting had been set but didn't elaborate any further. It is also believed to have built an arsenal of 20 to 60 nuclear warheads over the years.
Specific details and measures regarding denuclearization is expected to be negotiated between the USA and North Korean leaders in their highly anticipated summit.
The USB was presented to Kim after he crossed the heavily guarded DMZ into South Korea by Moon Jae-in last month for the leaders' historic meeting at the border village of Panmunjom.
The U.S. and China would also oversee the complex and years-long peace process that could end with a U.S. withdrawal from the Korean Peninsula, said Korea analyst Barry Blechman of the Stimson Center in Washington.
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The top leaders of China and North Korea have had a second meeting, close on the heels of their first summit from March 25-28. Shortly after Xinhua's announcement, Trump tweeted that he would be talking to his "friend" Xi in the next hour.
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Speculation about the venue for the Trump-Kim meeting has been going on for weeks.
"The USB makes the case to Kim - there really is another path for you", John Delury, an expert in North Korean affairs at Seoul's Yonsei University, told Axios.
But "it is also familiar ground for the North Koreans", according to Graham, having hosted earlier track-2, or backchannel, talks involving officials from the country.
"This act can not be construed otherwise than a risky attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one", a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.
He added: "Stayed tuned".
While substantially more bellicose, the Urimininzokkiri op-ed was not the only state-media article published recently which criticized the notion that the US maximum pressure campaign has led to North Korea's recent diplomatic overtures, with multiple outlets publishing content on the subject over the weekend.
"This third summit between the two leaders affirms the enduring strength of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and the deep friendship between our two countries", the White House said in a statement.
President Donald Trump greets Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a ceremonial swearing in at the State Department on May 2, 2018, in Washington. A dispatch from the North's Korean Central News Agency says that promise was fulfilled Saturday by a decree of the nation's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.