North Korea says the US is ‘hell bent on hostile acts’ and is trying to ‘undermine the peaceful atmosphere’ with sanctions just days after Trump met Kim Jong-un at the DMZ
- North Korea’s UN Mission released a statement on Wednesday calling out the Trump administration for exerting ‘overt pressure’ while it advocates for talks
- It came on the heels of Trump’s historic third meeting with Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea
- The commanders were seen shaking hands across the dividing line
North Korea has accused the US of being ‘more and more hell bent’ on hostile acts and sabotaging peace with sanctions just three days after leaders from both nations held a historic third meeting.
The country’s UN Mission released a statement on Wednesday calling out President Donald Trump’s administration for exerting ‘overt pressure’ while it advocates for dialogue.
It came on the heels of Trump’s seemingly cordial meeting with Kim Jong-un at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, where the commanders were seen shaking hands across the dividing line.
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North Korea has accused the US of being ‘more and more hell bent’ on hostile acts and sabotaging peace with sanctions just three days after leaders from both nations held a historic third meeting. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are seen shaking hands at the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on Sunday
The statement said the United States and 23 other countries sent a letter to the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea demanding urgent action ‘under the absurd pretext of “excess in the amount of refined petroleum imported”.’
The US and the other countries asserted that the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, or DPRK, violated UN sanctions by importing far more than the annual limit of 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products, which are key for its economy. But last month Russia and China blocked the sanctions committee from declaring that Pyongyang breached the annual import limit.
North Korea’s UN Mission said the US, Britain, France and Germany then circulated a joint letter to all UN member states on June 29 ‘calling for repatriation of the DPRK workers abroad, thus inciting an atmosphere of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK’.
It added that not only does this speak ‘to the reality that the United States is practically more and more hell-bent on the hostile acts against the DPRK, though talking about the DPRK-US dialogue’, but the letter was sent by the US Mission ‘under the instruction of the State Department, on the very same day when President (Donald) Trump proposed for the summit meeting’.
North Korea’s UN Mission released a statement on Wednesday calling out the Trump administration for exerting ‘over pressure’ while it advocates for dialogue
That day, Trump issued an unprecedented invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.
Kim accepted and at their Sunday meeting, Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea when he crossed the demarcation line.
Trump and Kim agreed at the meeting to restart negotiations designed to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. North Korea’s state media described their meeting as ‘an amazing event’.
But there was nothing positive in Wednesday’s statement from North Korea’s UN Mission, which made no mention of nuclear talks, focusing instead on sanctions.
The UN Security Council imposed increasingly tough sanctions on North Korea in response to its nuclear bomb and ballistic missile tests.
The sanctions are designed to cut off all North Korean exports, 90 percent of its trade, and disband its pool of workers send abroad to earn hard currency.
Despite the summits between Trump and Kim in Singapore and Hanoi, the United States has kept up pressure on countries to implement the sanctions – and on North Korea to abide by them.
‘It is quite ridiculous for the United States to continue to behave obsessed with sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK, considering sanctions as a panacea for all problems,’ North Korea’s mission said.
‘As we stated on several occasions, we do not thirst for lifting of sanctions.’
The North Korean Mission also had a message for the other 192 UN member nations.
‘All UN member states will have to keep vigilance against deliberate attempts by the United States to undermine the peaceful atmosphere that has been created on the Korean peninsula in no easy way,’ the mission said.
Trump and Kim Jong-un appeared to be getting along swimmingly when they met in the village of Panmunjom at the border between North and South Korea. South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in called the US-North Korean summit an end of mutual hostility between the countries
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