Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

North Korea Says US "Throwing Water" Over Confidence-Building Efforts

North Korea Says US

If the US continues to enforce sanctions against North Korea, the regime could forestall its denuclearization efforts, according to a statement by the nation's foreign ministry.

The foreign ministry in Pyongyang accused the U.S. of following an "outdated acting script" and demanded more concessions before offering any in return.

The North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday that President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has improved relations between the two nations. "Potential locations for the summit are not limited to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, ." is what the spokesperson for the South Korean Presidential Office said Friday. while fielding questions about the meeting tentatively scheduled for this fall.

"It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize", Bolton said.

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The North Korean statement followed comments this week by top American diplomats stressing the need for Pyongyang to take additional steps toward denuclearization and contentious remarks last week by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minster Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore.

Two South Korean under-15 teams, FC Gangwon and Yeoncheon Miracle, will compete in the Ari Sports Cup in Pyongyang.

The agency said it would take measures such as an entry ban or seizure of ships if the 14 vessels that transported coal from North Korea to Russian Federation, and from Russian Federation to South Korea, are found to be in violation of the United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

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". But North Korea also indicated it is growing exhausted of the U.S.'s increasing pressure for full denuclearization.

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As for the third summit's date - the spokesman said that'll be sketched out after Monday's talks, . commenting that it's too early to discuss the schedule in detail. They said that when a session with Pompeo reached an impasse last month, North Korean officials asked if he would like to step outside to call the president, who declared after the June summit that North Korea was 'no longer a nuclear threat'.

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

They imported North Korean coal or pig iron in seven separate cases between April and October past year to five South Korean ports, the customs office said. The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the fighting ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

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.

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