North Korea lashes out at United States diplomats for not dropping sanctions

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North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for worldwide 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and said that progress on denuclearisation promises could not be expected if Washington continued to follow an "outdated acting script".

Since then, Pyongyang had taken "such practical denuclearization steps" as discontinuing nuclear and ballistic missile tests as well as "broadminded measures" such as returning the remains of Korean War dead, North Korean foreign ministry said.

"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".

North Korea has lashed out at the USA for continuing to push for sanctions enforcement.

The ministry threatened to hold back on denuclearization "as long as the US denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed", according to a spokesperson quoted by the North's state-run KCNA news agency.

It blamed "some high-level officials within the US administration", who were "going against the intention of President Trump".

North Korea on Friday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making "reckless remarks" and toeing the U.S. line when he called for verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday that President Donald Trump's summit in June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has improved relations between the two nations.

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"It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize", Bolton said.

It said "expecting any result, while insulting the dialogue partner" was "a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out". 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.

Kim vowed in Singapore to work towards denuclearization but the two sides have yet to define a deal to meet that goal and Washington insists sanctions pressure must be maintained during negotiations.

South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports a year ago, in possible violations of United Nations sanctions. "Potential locations for the summit are not limited to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, ." is what the spokesperson for the South Korean Presidential Office said Friday. while fielding questions about the meeting tentatively scheduled for this fall.

Pyongyang's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho is now on a visit to Iran where President Hassan Rouhani warned the USA could not be trusted after Tehran's experience of having the Trump administration tear up an Obama-era deal to ease sanctions.

"The firms appear to have illicitly brought it in expecting big trading margins after prices of North Korean coal had dropped due to the import ban", Roh Suk-hwan, deputy commissioner of the Korea Customs Service, told a news conference.

In May, an official statement said "we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards" Bolton after he suggested Libya as a potential model for future North Korean denuclearization.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet for the third time in recent months.

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