South Korea’s rival political parties are
giving careful but mixed responses to the abrupt cancellation of the planned North Korea-U.S.
summit. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea stressed
the need to keep close tabs on the situation,… while saying the government needs to step
up its role to build trust between Pyongyang and Washington. Meanwhile, the main opposition Liberty Korea
Party took aim at President Moon Jae-in for not being able to play the mediator role. It also said the rosy picture that the government
is trying to portray is different from the reality,… and called for careful management
of the situation. The centrist Bareun Mirae Party also placed
the blame on the South Korean government and North Korea,… calling on Seoul to take a
more cool-headed approach when dealing with Pyongyang. The minor progressive parties said that it’s
a relief that North Korea said it’s still willing to talk,… and said the South Korean
government should do all it can so that the efforts made so far are not wasted.