Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Koreas prepare for summit as North Korea asks US to ease sanctions

Koreas prepare for summit as North Korea 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".

In a statement, the North Korean foreign ministry accused the U.S. of "insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our honest efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing" the agreement between Trump and Kim.

In its statement, North Korea outlined "goodwill measures" it has taken since the historic meeting in June between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, including its discontinuation of nuclear testing and returning the remains of fallen Korean War soldiers to families in the U.S.

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.

The statement comes days after the USA stressed the need to keep up pressure on Pyongyang through tough sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programme. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang.

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

The latest statement by the North's foreign ministry also accused USA officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".


"I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so with the North Koreans", Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said Thursday "When I say 'conversations, ' that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email".

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint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

A statement from the North Korean government, broadcast via the Korea Central News Agency, accused United States figures of spouting "falsehoods" about the North Korean nuclear issue.

On the same day a United Nations report, submitted after six months of work, accused North Korea of breaking previous economic sanctions.

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

The report said: "North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and continued to defy Security Council resolutions".

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