Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

North Korea threatens to keep nukes

North Korea threatens to keep nukes

The foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the USA should not expect North Korea to follow through on promises to denuclearize as long as Washington adheres to "old scenarios" that have failed in the past.

Pyongyang said while it had taken "such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire" and "broadminded measures" like the repatriation of US Korean War remains, "the US responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure against (North Korea)".

"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the USA and to establishing mutual trust". But North Korea also indicated it is growing exhausted of the U.S.'s increasing pressure for full denuclearization.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearization", the statement read.

North Korea believes the U.S.is "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions".

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South Korea's Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-keum said on Monday Seoul is "asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization" and asking the United States to "show honest efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding".

"They made public the North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory and additional sanctions, and called for cooperation in forcing sanctions and pressure even at the worldwide meetings", the statement reads.

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Pyongyang said in a statement that 'expecting any result, while insulting the dialogue partner amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out'.

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Trump and Kim's historic summit led to an agreement toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula, the report states. 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.

The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK".

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Pyongyang said there would be no progress towards denuclearisation if the U.S. followed an "outdated script".

"We need to reveal who might have violated United Nations sanctions resolutions or whether the government was aware of (the entry of suspected ships)", he said.

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