Koreas prepare for summit as North asks US to ease sanctions

Koreas prepare for summit as North asks US to ease sanctions

Koreas prepare for summit as North asks US to ease sanctions

He continued to note that the USA has no current plans to relax sanctions on North Korea until there is evidence the country is taking steps to denuclearize, saying the Trump administration would continue its campaign of "maximum pressure".

The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the USA - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage worldwide sanctions against the North.

Those American officials are "going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK-U.S. relations, who is expressing gratitude to our goodwill measures for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement", it said referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The letter was handed to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho during the weekend. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization".

The White House and State Department did not immediately return requests for comment.

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The country claimed that the U.S.is denying it "basic decorum" and is clinging "to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed", warning that they "cannot expect any progress in the implementation" of the joint agreement between the two countries reached earlier this year.

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 worldwide sanctions and pressure".


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a statement after a two day visit in Bern, Switzerland, July 3, 2018.

North Korea appears to continue dismantling a rocket launching site, a US think tank said, based on satellite images.

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".

Officials said they were also looking into whether any of the 14 vessels that transported North Korean coal violated sanctions banning such shipments. Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear program. But the U.S. has repeatedly reiterated that North Korea's complete denuclearization comes before such a goal, amid slower-than-expected progress in relevant talks.

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

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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