Korea slams United States officials for sanctions

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2018

Pyongyang also returned the remains of some USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war in a gesture meant to break down mistrust between the countries, it said.

-North Korea summit in June between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The stark comments come after Trump and Kim's June meeting in Singapore, during which the White House said the North had made firm pledges to rid itself of its nuclear weapons.

The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the USA - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage global sanctions against the North.

At Trump and Kim's historic summit, the two signed a document stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".


On the same day a United Nations report, submitted after six months of work, accused North Korea of breaking previous economic sanctions.

Haley said Pompeo had delivered "solid" USA demands to North Korea and that Washington would not weaken those or ease sanctions on Pyongyang.

Ri arrived in Tehran on the same day as the United States reimposed sanctions after abandoning a 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran.

"In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) worldwide community", he said, adding Iran and North Korea have "always had close views" on many issues.

The country claimed that the U.S.is denying it "basic decorum" and is clinging "to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed", warning that they "cannot expect any progress in the implementation" of the joint agreement between the two countries reached earlier this year.


"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the USA and to establishing mutual trust".

The statement comes days after the U.S. stressed the need to keep up pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programme.

The newspaper added that it is "abnormal" to see distrust and animosity going on between the North and the United States even now, saying that it is time to take action toward declaring an end to the war.

Satellite images from last Friday indicate North Korea has carried out additional activities to dismantle a key missile launch facility, the Washington-based 38 North think-tank said on Tuesday.


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