Pyongyang, February 8 (KCNA) — Jo Yong Sam, department director general of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK, Wednesday gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards the fact that U.S. authorities say this or that over the issue of contact between the DPRK’s delegation participating in the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics and the U.S. vice-president:
On Tuesday a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State told a reporter over the possible contact between the DPRK’s delegation participating in the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics and the U.S. vice-president that the U.S. evidently has no plan to contact with the DPRK during and after the Olympics.
U.S. Vice-President Pence, too, said that he didn’t press for any contact with the DPRK’s delegation and asked the south Korean authorities to fix a schedule not to encounter the delegation. And he claimed that they would see what is happening.
This is the height of sarcasm.
We have never begged for dialogue with the U.S. nor in the future, too.
Explicitly speaking, we have no intention to meet with the U.S. side during the stay in south Korea.
Our delegation’s visit to south Korea is only to take part in the Olympics and hail its successful holding.
We are not going to use such sports festival as the Winter Olympics as a political lever. There is no need to do so.
The U.S. had better act with discretion, well aware that its imprudent word and deeds will only show itself in a more awkward position.
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