White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization
10 August, 2018, 11:24
North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for global sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang and said that progress on denuclearisation promises could not be expected if Washington continued to follow an "outdated acting script".
Despite the agreement to denuclearise the Korean peninsula struck during a landmark summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, "we preserve our nuclear science as we know that the Americans will not abandon their hostility toward us", Ri said, according to the conservative Mehr news agency.
The plans by the Korean leaders to meet come as Washington and Pyongyang try to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a U.S.
"We're going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran".
Pyongyang has also stepped up its calls for a formal end to the Korean War, which some analysts believe is meant to be the first step in the North's effort to eventually see all 28,500 USA troops leave the Korean Peninsula.
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.
"North Korea's strategic policy is to deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and confront unilateralism", he said.
North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it had stopped testing missiles, conducted nuclear tests and dismantled "the nuclear test ground", yet the United States still insisted on "denuclearization first".
North Korean officials have toured China to discuss economic development and speculators are snapping up property along their common border.
North Korea reiterated its demand Thursday for the United States to agree to declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, saying that it would help bring in peace and create mutual trust.
The rival Koreas may try to seek a breakthrough amid what experts see as little progress on nuclear disarmaments between Pyongyang and Washington despite the Singapore summit in June and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's several visits to North Korea.
South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with the armistice treaty.
At the June summit with Trump, Kim made a vague commitment to denuclearisation - far from the longstanding U.S. demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of Pyongyang's atomic arsenal.
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