Sunday, 19 August, 2018

North Korea slams United States for lacking ‘basic decorum’ in nuke talks

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018 National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018
Deanna Wagner | 10 August, 2018, 09:42

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.

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. The station had been used to test major long-range ballistic missiles and satellites.

A foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement on state-run KCNA that North Korea was still willing to institute the broad agreement reached at the June 12 summit meeting in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. In February 2016, the North launched its Gwangmyeongsong-4 satellite at the site, a month after the fourth nuclear test, according to Hankyoreh.

But, following the meeting, US intelligence officials said they believed North Korea was "deceiving" the USA, saying the regime was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in recent months.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has also weighed in on the issue, saying Sunday that nobody in Trump's administration is "starry-eyed" about the prospect "of North Korea actually denuclearising". "However, the USA 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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The statement cited USA officials who are "going against President Trump" and his intent to advance relations between the two nations, saying that the president has expressed "gratitude to our goodwill measures" implemented as part of the agreement.

It has urged Washington to take reciprocal steps including officially declaring an end to the war and dropping sanctions.

But a recent United Nations report showed Pyongyang was continuing with its nuclear and missile programmes and evading sanctions through ship-to-ship oil transfers. The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the fighting ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

North Korea has condemned the USA for placing fresh sanctions on it and called on the country to respond to its efforts to improve bilateral ties.

The summit held in Singapore marked the first time Kim Jong-un had met a western leader.