Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Korea slams USA officials for sanctions

Korea slams USA officials for sanctions

One diplomatic source in Washington said, "The U.S. informed South Korea through the embassy that a ship went to South Korea from Russian Federation carrying North Korean coal".

Yet Washington was still insisting on "denuclearization first" and had "responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure" it said.

It also claims that "high-level officials within the US administration are making baseline allegations against [North Korea] and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure". "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization".

In an interview with Fox News, John Bolton, the United States national security adviser, accused Pyongyang of failing to live up to the deal signed between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un at the Singapore summit in June, which agreed to work towards denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

According to the website, the plan has been rejected by North Korean negotiators multiple times over the past two months.

South Korea has viewed the diplomatic rapprochement with North Korea this year as a political coup, and is keen to keep progress towards denuclearisation on track.

The Foreign Ministry passed on the tipoff to the Korea Customs Service, but the shipments had already been registered and 9,156 tons unloaded in South Korean ports. "North Korea has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearise".

It accused U.S. negotiators of going against the intentions of President Donald Trump and the spirit of the summit in Singapore.

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But the details of that process remain vague - North Korea did not commit to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons and the United Nations says its nuclear programme is continuing.

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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.

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. An article Thursday in the Rodong Sinmun said a formal peace treaty ending the Korean War must take place before denuclearization.

"We remain unchanged in our will to uphold the intentions of the top leaders of (North Korea) and the U.S. and to build trust and implement in good faith the (Trump-Kim) joint statement step by step", it said.

White House officials told Fox News the latest development is simply part of the work required to finalize the denuclearization agreement.

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

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