Korea slams United States officials for sanctions

Marsha Scott
August 11, 2018

North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday that President Donald Trump's summit in June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has improved relations between the two nations.

The reclusive state took steps such as dismantling its nuclear test site even before the unprecedented North Korea-U.S. summit on June 12, but the two sides have still failed to decide any timeline for Pyongyang to give up its existing nukes.

It also claims that "high-level officials within the USA administration are making baseline allegations against [North Korea] and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

The statement accused US diplomats of 'going against the intention of President Trump' by refusing to lift actions until there is proof of denuclearisation in the hermit state. Despite burgeoning diplomatic efforts to disarm North Korea, the global community has maintained maximum pressure on the North.

The statement was also published by KCNA.

"However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure against North Korea", said a statement.

South Korea has viewed the diplomatic rapprochement with North Korea this year as a political coup, and is keen to keep progress towards denuclearisation on track.

"And while preparing for those talks, the spokesman said the governments of South Korea and the USA are in close consultations. on issues including the declaration of a formal end to the Korean War".

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greets North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as they prepare for a group photo at the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in Singapore, Aug. 4, 2018.

The concessions the USA would offer in exchange - beyond sanctions relief or removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism - remain unknown.

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Last month, North Korea accused the United States of using "gangster-like" tactics in the negotiations.

South Korea's unification ministry did not elaborate on the location of the summit, although Mr Moon had previously agreed to visit Kim in Pyongyang during the autumn.

It accused U.S. negotiators of going against the intentions of President Donald Trump and the spirit of the summit in Singapore.

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Yesterday, Pyongyang reiterated its own demand for the USA to agree to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

North Korea has in the past expressed anger over comments made by administration officials in the media, especially Bolton.

However, many used the same clip to point out that criticizing "Fox & Friends" for praising Kim but not other news sources were hypocritical.

Amid a lack of progress on North Korea's denuclearization and recent reports of the country evading sanctions, the U.S. has stepped up calls for tighter enforcement of the sanctions.

North Korea is renewing its harsh criticism of the United States for failing to live up to the spirit of the Singapore summit, but Pyongyang is sparing President Trump as it blames "some high-level officials" within the administration.

One of the goals of North Korea's missile and nuclear program - which a confidential United Nations report recently said was still operational - is to defend itself from USA aggression and attempted regime change.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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