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North Korea threatens to stall denuclearization in warning to US

10 August 2018

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.

White House national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearize despite an agreement between Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

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. Notably, the statement didn't directly criticize Trump.

Haley said Pompeo had delivered "solid" US demands to North Korea and that Washington would not weaken those or ease sanctions on Pyongyang.

"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.

"However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure against North Korea", said a statement. North Korea also accused unidentified high-level USA officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

The North Korean statement followed comments this week by top American diplomats stressing the need for Pyongyang to take additional steps toward denuclearisation.

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

North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it had stopped missile and nuclear tests and dismantled "the nuclear test ground", yet the United States still insisted on "denuclearisation first".

The warnings come just days after North Korea's foreign minister called United States actions "alarming".

The inspection was supposed to be carried out from Friday until August 17 on the North Korean section of the road running from the border town of Kaesong to Pyongyang. 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.

In the meantime, both Koreas are seeking an end of the Korean War.

The North noted that they returned remains of USA soldiers who fought in the Korean War to the US last week. 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 threatens to stall denuclearization in warning to US