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

Charlene Craig
August 10, 2018

North Korea said in a statement on Thursday that "some high-level officials within the USA administration" were making "desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".

Pyongyang insisted that the USA should reciprocate to the North's suspension of missile launches and nuclear tests and other goodwill gestures such as the return of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

A statement from the nation's Foreign Ministry said that following President Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North has worked to improve relations between the two countries and "make active contributions to peace, security, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and over the world". "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization".

The White House and US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The two sides vowed to work towards North Korea's denuclearisation but have struggled to reach a deal to meet that goal, with the United States insisting sanctions pressure must be maintained during negotiations.

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

It continued: "Now, the issue in question is that going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK - US relations, some high level officials within the US administration are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

"This is all in North Korea's court", Haley told reporters traveling with her during a visit to Colombia, where she attended the inauguration of new Colombian President Ivan Duque and met migrants who had fled Venezuela.

In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the nation in a televised speech in Tehran, Aug. 6, 2018.

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

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The rival Koreas plan to hold high-level talks on Monday to prepare for a third summit between their leaders, as Pyongyang called on the United States to reciprocate its "goodwill measures" by easing sanctions and stopping demands that the North denuclearize first.

"In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) global community", he said, adding Iran and North Korea have "always had close views" on many issues.

But Washington has urged the global community to maintain maximum sanctions pressure, even suggesting tougher economic measures, in a bid to compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Two U.S. officials said North Korea appeared to view Trump as a softer touch.

Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from Washington for talks this week, saying it could not negotiate after the Trump administration reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's own nuclear programme.

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