North Korea has slammed the United States' lifting of "missile guidelines" on South Korea, calling it a stark reminder of Washington's hostile policy toward the regime and its "shameful double-dealing."
In an article published under an individual's name in the North's state-run media Monday, the North said the measure clearly shows who's behind the tension on the Korean Peninsula, adding Pyeongyang would face Washington on an "eye for an eye" footing.
It marks the regime's first response to a pledge by the leaders of Seoul and Washington to use diplomacy to resolve the nuclear standoff with the North.
While the English commentary clearly targets the U.S., watchers note the North likely aimed to tone down the criticism by releasing it as an article rather than in an official capacity, leaving the potential for diplomacy going forward.
Also, watchers suggest the North's less than swift reaction, coming more than a week after the Moon-Biden summit, could reflect the regime choosing a more careful approach to Pyeongyang-Washington relations.
Although the article did target President Moon Jae-in for announcing the missile guideline termination, watchers note the statement shows the North puts more weight on its response to the U.S. over potential inter-Korean dialogue.
In addition, the regime said that its Washington's aggressive behavior that concerns the international communitynot North Korea's violation of UN Security Council sanctions.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.