North Korea chides USA for pressing sanctions

Hannah Rogers
August 10, 2018

The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the US - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage worldwide sanctions against the North.

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

"The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner", the ministry said.

Ri arrived in Tehran on the same day as the United States reimposed sanctions after abandoning a 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran.

"However, the USA responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure".

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation" of the terms of the North Korea-U.S. joint statement, including denuclearization, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in an English-language statement carried by the country's official Korean Central News Agency.

South Korea's presidential spokesman said last month that Seoul wants a declaration of the end of the 1950-53 war sooner than later. "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.

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Pyongyang's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is now on a visit to Iran where President Hassan Rouhani warned the U.S. could not be trusted after Tehran's experience of having the Trump administration tear up an Obama-era deal to ease sanctions.

North Korea's top diplomat, Ri Yong Ho, visited Iran as the United States reintroduced sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) global community", he said, adding Iran and North Korea have "always had close views" on many issues.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint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 denuclearisation. The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner".

The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said Thursday, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent months.

Satellite images from last Friday indicate North Korea has carried out additional activities to dismantle a key missile launch facility, the Washington-based 38 North think-tank said on Tuesday.

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