More than 200 South Korean citizens participated in a Marine Camp, Tuesday, January 14, where civilians are invited to experience military exercises for five days.
READ MORE: It was a relatively modest step: South Korea would relay birthday greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who turned 36 last week.
Even if it was not likely to lead to a breakthrough in U.S.-North Korea talks that have been frozen for months, South Korea’s decision to pass on the message could help prove the negotiations are not dead and possibly revive Seoul’s role as a mediator.
It didn’t work as planned. North Korea’s foreign ministry on Saturday said it already received the birthday message and lashed out at Seoul’s “presumptuous” attempt to “meddle in the personal relations” between Trump and Kim.
The statement, delivered by senior diplomat Kim Kye Gwan, mocked South Korea for still holding onto its “lingering hope for playing the role of ‘mediator.’”