North Korea lashes out at United States diplomats over sanctions

  • North Korea lashes out at United States diplomats over sanctions

North Korea lashes out at United States diplomats over sanctions

"As long as the USA denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the joint statement including the denuclearisation", North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

In a statement, the North Korean foreign ministry accused the U.S. 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.

In an April summit, President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to seek such declaration this year through three-way meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States or four-way talks involving the two Koreas, the USA and China.

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

Still, North Korea said it remains steadfast in its commitment to building trust and implementing in good faith the joint statement step by step.

The country claimed that the U.S.is denying it "basic decorum" and is clinging "to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed", warning that they "cannot expect any progress in the implementation" of the joint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

USA officials, according to North Korea, "are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions", against what they believe to be Trump's intentions to better relations between the two countries.

The White House and US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, also said this week North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearise.

North Korea has lashed out at the USA for continuing to push for sanctions enforcement.

The newspaper emphasized that North Korea has long made calls for declaring an end to the war and pushed to replace the armistice with a peace treaty, all of which it believes can be realized when the two sides cooperate.

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.