朝鲜外务省表示，美国试图让朝鲜“屈服于其最大压力”，并违背了朝鲜领导人金正恩(Kim Jong Un)与美国总统唐纳德•特朗普(Donald Trump)去年6月在新加坡峰会上签署的联合声明的“根本精神”。
美国和平研究所(United States Institute of Peace)分析师帕特里夏•金(Patricia Kim)表示，在未能从特朗普争取到关键让步后，朝鲜领导人在国内面临压力。
以下为此文英文原文：North Korea rebukes US over ship seizure as tensions simmer
North Korea has rebuked the US over its seizure of a ship allegedly used to evade international sanctions, as tensions simmer over Pyongyang’s missile testing earlier this month.
North Korea’s foreign ministry on Tuesday demanded the US return the Wise Honest, a 17,000-tonne cargo ship, which is being held on suspicion it was used to illicitly export coal and import heavy machinery.
The statement, issued via North Korean state media, appeared to be the first time Pyongyang had spoken publicly about the vessel, which was intercepted and detained by Indonesian authorities in April 2018 and later seized by the US.
Washington was trying to hold Pyongyang “in submission with its maximum pressure” and had broken the “fundamental spirit” of the joint statement signed between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump at their summit in Singapore last June, the foreign ministry said.
The US Department of Justice last week detailed the seizure as it asked a federal judge to allow the US to take ownership of the vessel. That announcement came hours after North Korea on Thursday fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. Five days earlier, it had conducted a series of weapons tests thought to include its first missile launch since late 2017.
North Korea’s latest rhetorical outburst highlights the tension between the two sides after diplomatic efforts stalled when Mr Trump and Mr Kim failed to strike a deal over denuclearisation at their Hanoi summit in February.
Patricia Kim, an analyst at the United States Institute of Peace, said the North Korean leader was under pressure domestically after failing to win key concessions from Mr Trump.
“Pyongyang’s recent escalatory actions and sharp rhetoric is aimed not only at the world, but also at its domestic audience. At some point, when Kim feels he’s sufficiently flexed his muscles and demonstrated his resolve, he’ll come back to the negotiating table,” Ms Kim said.
The US and the South Korean governments have sought to downplay Pyongyang’s aggressive actions, helping to allay the rise in tensions.
“But there’s a chance that Kim will miscalculate and push the envelope too far, closing the door on negotiations in the near future,” Ms Kim added.