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N. Korea calls Trumps visit to Asia business trip

SAT 2017 11 NOV 12:00:AM (GMT: SAT 2017 11 NOV 12:00:AM)
KOREA

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Koreas state media on Saturday called U.S. President Donald Trumps latest visit to Asia a "business trip," claiming that Washington also intends to "demonize" Pyongyang to spark international tensions.

Through its report, Pyongyangs state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Trumps visit to Asian countries was aimed to "enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry" through what it calls "subordinate allies."

   "His current trip to our surrounding region is a warmongers visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence," the KCNA added. DPRK is the abbreviation of North Koreas official name, the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea.

The KCNA also claimed that Washington tried to "demonize" Pyongyang to "keep up rivalry between the DPRK and the international society."

   Trump kicked off his first trip to Asia on Nov. 5, which covers Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

"The DPRKs possession of nuclear weapons was a righteous and inevitable choice to defend our national sovereignty and dignity and our peoples rights to existence and development from increased nuclear threats and blackmail by the U.S. and its hostile moves against the DPRK," it added.

Despite the criticism, experts said the statement made by North Korea was relatively moderate.

"It seems that North Korea controlled the level of its backlash," said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Seouls Dongguk University, saying Pyongyang is taking a wait-and-see stance on Trumps trip while maintaining the tension.

colin@yna.co.kr

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