All national dailies carried multiple reports over the weekend on the two-year anniversary of the first-ever summit between President Trump and DPRK strongman Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Sankei claimed that no progress has been made on the denuclearization front, quoting DPRK Foreign Minister Ri as saying in a statement released on Friday that there has been zero improvement in DPRK-U.S. relations. The daily argued that the past two years have witnessed “steady improvement” in DPRK missiles capable of reaching Japan, asserting that President Trump’s inclination to condone Pyongyang’s provocations and ROK President Moon’s propensity to pander to his northern neighbor have undermined trilateral security coordination between Washington, Tokyo, and Seoul.
Other papers took note of various statements issued by senior DPRK officials over the past few days in which they blasted South Korea for its efforts to help revive U.S.-DPRK denuclearization dialogue. A DPRK Foreign Ministry official reportedly urged the Moon administration to stop “talking nonsense” about the denuclearization of North Korea, while Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong reportedly threatened military action against South Korea by saying that Seoul would soon witness the collapse of a “useless” liaison office on the border.