As tens of thousands of North Koreans, including current leader Kim Jong Un, paid a visit on Sunday to Kim Jong Il’s mausoleum in Pyongyang to commemorate the seventh anniversary of his death, North Korean state media also used the opportunity to take a jab at U.S. foreign policy.
The criticism, published by Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s state-run media arm, did not call out President Donald Trump by name. Korean Central News Agency mostly took issue with the stalled nuclear negotiations.
The commentary “made sure to control the level of criticism so as to not agitate the U.S.,” hinting North Korea still would consider a second summit between Kim and Trump, according to Shin Beom-chul, director of the Center for Security and Unification at the Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
“They want direct talks at the top level,” Shin added. “They don’t want to involve high-level officials.”