Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

North Korea lashes out at U.S. diplomats over sanctions

North Korea lashes out at U.S. diplomats over sanctions

The United States has led the sanctions campaign to press North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs.

Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from Washington for talks this week, saying it could not negotiate after the Trump administration reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's own nuclear programme.

"The firms appear to have illicitly brought it in expecting big trading margins after prices of North Korean coal had dropped due to the import ban", Roh Suk-hwan, deputy commissioner of the Korea Customs Service, told a news conference.

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

Ri travelled to Tehran after attending a security forum in Singapore, where he and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sparred over an agreement made at June's landmark summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The two sides vowed at that time to work towards North Korea's denuclearisation but have struggled to reach a deal to meet that goal, with the United States insisting that sanctions pressure must be maintained during negotiations.

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.

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In this image captured from the United States Forces Korea homepage, an official from the U.S. Department of Defense drives a nail into one of wood coffins that contain remains of American service members who died during the 1950-53 Korean War in Wonsan, North Korea in July.

North Korea has lashed out at the USA for continuing to push for sanctions enforcement.

"They have to understand that the worldwide community still expects them to denuclearize and so we're willing to wait if they want to wait, but we're not willing to wait for too long", said Haley, who has pushed through three United Nations sanctions packages since arriving at the world body 18 months ago.

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".

"Expecting any result, while insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our honest efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing the [North Korean]-U.S. joint statement, is indeed a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out", the statement read.

"We remain unchanged in our will to uphold the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. and to build trust and implement in good faith the DPRK-U.S. joint statement step by step".

"The US should, even at this related time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner". Last month, Washington warned against loosening sanctions on Pyongyang after Russian Federation and China suggested discussing such a move. Some experts say that North Korea does not want to denuclearize first or maybe denuclearize at all because it wants a long, drawn-out process that sees external aid shipped in in return for abandoning nuclear weapons.

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