On Fri., North Korea's state media reported that Pyongyang had rejected Seoul's latest offer of economic aid in exchange for denuclearization.
On Mon., South Korean Pres. Yoon Suk-yeol had presented a plan comprising energy, food, health care, and infrastructure help in exchange for Pyongyang abandoning its nuclear weapons and missile programs.
Commenting on the "audacious plan," Kim Yo-jong, a top official and sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, declared that Pyongyang wouldn't trade their destiny and honor "for corn cake," and that it would be better for Pres. Yoon's image if he "shut his mouth."
South Korea's presidential office responded by saying it regretted Kim Yo-jong's "rude" declaration, and stressing that the offer was still on.
On Wed., just hours after Pyongyang fired two cruise missiles into the sea, the South reiterated its initiative adding that it had no intention to go nuclear or to force a regime change in the North.
This comes as the US and South Korea announced on Tues. that they will stage the Ulchi Freedom Shield – their biggest combined drills in years – from Aug. 22 to Sept. 1.
Narrative A, as provided by KCNA. It was presumptuous of Yoon to think his plan would be successful when similar proposals have been rejected in the past. The South is in no position to discuss another country's economy and living conditions. Meanwhile, despite his attempts to pose as a credible stakeholder, he's seeking confrontation by carrying out military drills.
Narrative B, as provided by YNA. Seoul's main goal is to promote peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula. Yoon's plan reinforces this commitment by advancing an agenda to establish dialogue between both countries. Unlike previous offers that required Pyongyang to abandon its nukes first, the South is now eager to help once the North vows to seek denuclearization.