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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the South Korean National Assembly in Seoul on Wednesday.   © Reuters
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North Korea blasts Trump's South Korea visit as aggressive

Ruling party newspaper refrains from threats, stays quiet on hints at dialogue

SEOUL -- The mouthpiece of North Korea's ruling party slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the South on Wednesday as deliberately intensifying military threats in order to provoke nuclear war.

Trump stopped in South Korea after visiting Japan as part of an Asia tour that also includes China. Building support against Pyongyang has been a key theme of his visits.

The digital edition of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper stuck to the Workers' Party of Korea's well-worn script: warning of nuclear conflict while accusing the U.S. of heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The commentary left out any hints that the reclusive state planned additional provocations in the vein of its past nuclear tests or missile launches.

The Rodong Sinmun also kept silent on Trump's apparent hints at the possibility of dialogue during his news conference Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and address Wednesday to the National Assembly in Seoul. Trump's denunciation of the North Korean regime in that speech also went unanswered.

But Pyongyang trained fire on South Korea as well, claiming its neighbor was building a partnership with the U.S. geared toward a war of aggression while citing threats and "provocations" from the North.

The news organization also accused the U.S. of trying to militarily occupy the South and control the entire Korean Peninsula. Some of its statements appeared engineered to agitate liberal citizens groups in South Korea that have voiced opposition to Washington.

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