North Korea: US Sanctions Pressure ‘Outdated Acting Script’

11 August, 2018, 01:58 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

During landmark talks with US President Donald Trump in June, the North's leader Kim Jong Un signed up to a vague commitment to denuclearisation, far from the longstanding American demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of Pyongyang's atomic arsenal.

North Korea has chafed at US insistence that no sanctions be eased until Pyongyang's disarms its nuclear weapons.

North Korea said in a statement on Thursday that "some high-level officials within the USA administration" were making "desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

The foreign ministry, which had earlier slammed Washington's "alarming" impatience for denuclearisation, accused the USA of clinging to an "outdated acting script".

"However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure". Last month, Washington warned against loosening sanctions on Pyongyang after Russian Federation and China suggested discussing such a move.

The customs service did not identify the companies involved, but said about 35,000 tons of coal was brought into South Korea between April and October in 2017, worth 6.6 billion won ($5.8 million).

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

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Asked about the possibility of additional meetings, Bolton said Trump in a recent letter to Kim proposed sending Pompeo back to North Korea, and that Trump was ready to meet with Kim any time. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang. "However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", the statement read, using an acronym for North Korea's official name.

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".

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

"Fox & Friends" called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "quite the romantic" on Thursday while discussing a story that showed his "softer side".

A South Korean coach said the "rare opportunity" to play football in the North's capital would be a "great experience" for his players regardless of the end result.

The Security Council previous year adopted three rounds of tough economic sanctions on North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw commodities and severely restricting oil supplies.

The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 fighting ended with a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

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