Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

North Korea condemns new United States sanctions

North Korea condemns new United States sanctions

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by Pyongyang and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an "outdated acting script".

Three South Korean firms imported coal from North Korea disguised as Russian products in violation of United Nations resolutions in a fresh sign of loosening sanctions, South Korea's customs agency said on Friday.

"We're going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran".

The unidentified spokesperson also warned that there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue.

"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust" between Pyongyang and Washington, the North's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

"The Americans utter handsome words when negotiating and promise a very bright future but they deliver on none of their commitments when it comes to action", Larijani said.

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The South Korean official, 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 Jae-in.

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia, China and other countries against any violation of worldwide sanctions on North Korea that could reduce pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. The US remains cautious as it wants to see progress in denuclearization talks first. The United States cancelled a joint war exercise with South Korea that was due to take place this month while dismissing calls to ease sanctions until the North delivers on its commitments to fully denuclearize.

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.

South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with the armistice treaty. South Korea's unification minister will lead the delegation from Seoul but North Korea, which proposed the Monday meeting first, did not confirm the makeup of its delegation.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, also said this week North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearise.

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