North Korea condemns US sanctions, warns nuclear deal at risk

19 December, 2018, 09:16 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had agreed on Kim's visit to Seoul "in the near future" following their September summit in Pyongyang.

A second summit is expected to be held next year, but Trump faces criticism given that North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. According to experts, Kim is reluctant to come because of stalled nuclear negotiations with the United States and worries about "security arrangements" in the South.

Pyongyang criticized Washington in a lengthy by Korean Central News Agency, but the state-run media arm didn't directly criticize President Donald Trump.

In a sign of Pyongyang's growing impatience with stalled nuclear talks with Washington, North Korea has warned the United States that its stance on crippling sanctions could "block the path to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula forever".

"Joint Statement", it added, referring to a vaguely worded 1½-page document that saw Kim pledge to "work towards the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" while Trump committed to "provide security guarantees" to the North Korean regime.

While crediting Trump for his "willingness" to improve relations with North Korea, also known as DPRK, Pyongyang accused the US State Department of being "bent on bringing the DPRK-US relations back to the status of a year ago, which was marked by exchanges of fire".

The editorial also said that "added sanctions pressure will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever - a result desired by no one".

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would be placing sanctions on three high-ranking North Korean officials "in response to the North Korean regime's ongoing and serious human rights abuses and censorship".

"He paid highest tribute to Kim Jong-il who devoted his all to the prosperity of the country and the happiness of the people until the last moments of his revolutionary career", the KCNA said. But Pyongyang is now focused on its domestic activities and commemorating the death of Kim Jong-il on December 17, 2011.

North and South Korea closed 11 guard posts each at the border area, which involved removing armed forces and equipment, under a military agreement signed in September to ease military tensions between the two countries.

A special portrait of the young chairman was unveiled recently at a ceremony to welcome the visit of Cuba's president, but none have appeared in public since.



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