North Korea: US Sanctions Pressure ‘Outdated Acting Script’

John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

North Korea on Thursday accused the United States of acting in bad faith, saying Washington's push for full sanctions pressure against Pyongyang would stall progress on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it had stopped missile and nuclear tests and dismantled "the nuclear test ground", yet the United States still insisted on "denuclearisation first".

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the document that he and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un had signed at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. Those followed contentious remarks last week by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of a regional forum in Singapore.

The fresh anger out of Pyongyang comes as top diplomats from the United States have strongly criticised the North's commitment to denuclearisation.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

The two sides vowed to work towards North Korea's denuclearisation at the summit, but have since struggled to reach a deal to meet that goal, with the United States insisting sanctions pressure must be maintained.

Yet Washington was still insisting on "denuclearization first" and had "responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure" it said.

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

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"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint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

The statement cited US officials who are "going against President Trump" and his intent to advance relations between the two nations, saying that the president has expressed "gratitude to our goodwill measures" implemented as part of the agreement.

It wasn't clear who would attend next week's talks, but such meetings have typically been handled in the past by South Korea's unification minister and his counterpart in the North.

The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK".

The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea after its first nuclear test in 2006.

Pyongyang's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is now on a visit to Iran where President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States could not be trusted after Tehran's experience of having the Trump administration tear up an Obama-era deal to ease sanctions.

South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports previous year, in possible violations of United Nations sanctions.

"They made public the North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory; and additional sanctions".

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