North Korea condemns new USA sanctions

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

The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK by mobilising all their servile mouthpieces and intelligence institutions to fabricate all kinds of falsehoods". American officials have been putting pressure on North Korea to follow its claimed suspension of nuclear tests and destruction of its nuclear test site with a handover of weapons. Notably, the statement didn't directly criticize Trump.

North Korea on Thursday threatened to stall the denuclearization of its missile program if the USA continues to abide by an "outdated acting script" amid Washington's calls to enforce sanctions against the regime.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States can not be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

The statement comes days after the United States stressed the need to keep up pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programme.

The latest statement by the North's foreign ministry also accused U.S. 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".

Ri told Rouhani that Washington's pullout from the 2015 pact and restoration of sanctions was an "action against global rules and regulations", IRNA said.

Satellite images from last Friday indicate North Korea has carried out additional activities to dismantle a key missile launch facility, the Washington-based 38 North think-tank said on Tuesday.

"Dealing with Americans is hard, and as our main goal is total disarmament of the whole Korean Peninsula, it is necessary that the Americans also abide by their commitments but they refuse to do so". The US remains cautious as it wants to see progress in denuclearization talks first. Pompeo's comments came on the heels of a United Nations report that found North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating U.N. sanctions, including through illicit ship-to-ship transfers of oil.

Seoul said it accepted the North's proposal after Pyongyang first suggested a meeting Monday to discuss another summit between the leaders.

It wasn't clear when another inter-Korean summit might happen, but if the April 27 summit agreements between Moon and Kim are followed through on, the leaders will likely meet in Pyongyang in the next couple of months.

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

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, also said this week North Korea has not taken the necessary steps to denuclearise.

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