North Korea condemns new U.S. sanctions

Relations between North Korea and the U.S. remain tense, despite reassurance from the U.S. State Department that the two countries are in contact with each other.

"They made public the North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory and additional sanctions, and called for cooperation in forcing sanctions and pressure even at the global meetings", the statement reads.

It blamed "some high-level officials within the USA administration", who were "going against the intention of President Trump".

North Korea slammed the United States for lacking "basic decorum" in nuke talks.

The Kim Jung Un regime is claims making "outrageous arguments" that North Korea has to denuclearize first; Greg Palkot reports. The coal, which was carried from North Korea's port of Songrim, was transshipped at Russia's Nakhodka port the same month.

The statement seems meant to hit a target audience in the USA, being released in English by North Korea's mission to the United Nations in NY, rather than just through the state-run Korean Central News Agency, the usual avenue for government announcements. 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.

In a statement, the North Korean foreign ministry accused the U.S. of "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 agreement between Trump and Kim.

It accused United States negotiators of going against the intentions of President Donald Trump and the spirit of the summit in Singapore. Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear programme.

The "Fox & Friends" transition has garnered criticism due to the light-hearted nature of discussing the North Korean dictator, who has been under fire for human rights violations and nuclear testings.

Kim vowed in Singapore to work toward denuclearization, but the two sides have yet to define a deal to meet that goal and Washington insists sanctions pressure must be maintained during negotiations.

Yesterday, Pyongyang reiterated its own demand for the United States to agree to declare a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty.

Amid a lack of progress on North Korea's denuclearization and recent reports of the country evading sanctions, the U.S. has stepped up calls for tighter enforcement of the sanctions. The joint statement released after the event, however, was vague at best and provided no clear pathway for Kim to do so.

Mr Bolton said Mr Pompeo would be prepared to return to North Korea for talks, but not for more rhetoric.

However, the statement offered the USA a way forward if it responds sincerely "even at this belated time".

  • Rogelio Becker