North Korea lashes out at USA diplomats over sanctions

10 August, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for worldwide sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang and said that progress on denuclearisation promises could not be expected if Washington continued to follow an "outdated acting script".

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.

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. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization".

Earlier Thursday, North Korea's Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary that ending the Korean War is "the first process for ensuring peace and security not only in the Korean peninsula but also in the region and the world".

A statement from the North Korean government, broadcast via the Korea Central News Agency, accused U.S. figures of spouting "falsehoods" about the North Korean nuclear issue.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint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

North Korea also accused unidentified high-level United States officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".


North Korea nevertheless went ahead with the return of the remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war, it said.

The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK by mobilising all their servile mouthpieces and intelligence institutions to fabricate all kinds of falsehoods".

But, following the meeting, USA intelligence officials said they believed North Korea was "deceiving" the US, saying the regime was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in recent months.

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

But Washington has urged the worldwide community to maintain maximum sanctions pressure, even suggesting tougher economic measures, in a bid to compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The warnings come just days after North Korea's foreign minister called USA actions "alarming".

The report said: "North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions".

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