North Korea Denounces US Over Sanctions

North Korea Denounces US Over Sanctions

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

In a statement, the North Korean foreign ministry accused the United States of "insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our honest efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing" the agreement between Trump and Kim.

Trump has hailed North Korea's moves since his historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un during a summit in Singapore in June, where the USA agreed to provide unspecified security guarantees in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The plans by the Korean leaders to meet come as Washington and Pyongyang try to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a U.S.

"However, the USA responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", it said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency.

North Korea and South Korea have agreed to start a joint survey of cross-border roads next week as part of efforts to modernise and reconnect them across their borders, the unification ministry said Friday (Aug 10).

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearization", it said.

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The White House and US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Those American officials are "going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-U.S. relations, who is expressing gratitude to our goodwill measures for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement", it said referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea called out the U.S.' "shameless and impertinent behavior", according to a press release out Thursday via a foreign ministry spokesperson.

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.

But a recent United Nations report showed Pyongyang was continuing with its nuclear and missile programmes and evading sanctions through ship-to-ship oil transfers.

"The idea that we're going to relax the sanctions just on North Korea's say-so, I think, is something that just isn't under consideration", Bolton said.

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