North Korea chides US for pressing sanctions

09 August, 2018, 18:28 | Author: Myra Gill
  • John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

The announcement Thursday by the South's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues for Seoul, comes amid attempts by Washington and Pyongyang to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a summit in June between President Donald Trump and Kim.

The newspaper added that it is "abnormal" to see distrust and animosity going on between the North and the USA even now, saying that it is time to take action toward declaring an end to the war.

A South Korean official at the Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the two Koreas will also discuss ways to push through tension-reducing agreements made during an earlier summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon. President Moon would visit Pyongyang in the fall. Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear program.

The North Korean statement followed comments this week by top American diplomats stressing the need for Pyongyang to take additional steps toward denuclearization.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint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

On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States was "not willing to wait for too long" for North Korea to take steps toward denuclearizing. "We will have a deep discussion with the North Korean side about measures to promote the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and about successfully holding inter-Korean summit talks".


North Korea appears to continue dismantling a rocket launching site, a USA think tank said, based on satellite images.

In the meantime, both Koreas are seeking an early end of the Korean War.

North Korea reiterated its demand Thursday for the United States to agree to declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, saying that it would help bring in peace and create mutual trust.

When they met for the first time in April, they agreed.

But there have been reports recently that Moon and Kim could meet as soon as this month.to try to find a breakthrough in the North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations, which have slowed down because of differences between the two about formally ending the Korean War.

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