N Korea slams US for lacking ‘basic decorum’ in nuke talks

11-Aug-2018 Intellasia | The Hill | 6:02 AM Print This Post

North Korea ripped the US government on Thursday for insisting that Pyongyang fully denuclearise, claiming that Trump administration officials are “going against” President Trump by criticising the nation.

The North Korean government said in a statement through its mission to the United Nations that it has halted nuclear missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test site and begun to return the remains of Americans killed in the Korean War, but lamented continued criticism from US officials.

“We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the US and to establishing mutual trust. However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against the DPRK,” the statement read, using an acronym for North Korea’s official name.

The country claimed that the US is denying it “basic decorum” and is clinging “to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed,” warning that they “cannot expect any progress in the implementation” of the joint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.

 (The Hill)

(The Hill)

The statement cited US officials who are “going against President Trump” and his intent to advance relations between the two nations, saying that the president has expressed “gratitude to our goodwill measures” implemented as part of the agreement.

“The US should, even at this belated time, respond to our sincere efforts in a corresponding manner,” North Korea added in its statement.

Trump has hailed North Korea’s moves since his historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un during a summit in Singapore in June, where the US agreed to provide unspecified security guarantees in exchange for the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

However, White House national security adviser John Bolton said this week that North Korean has not moved toward denuclearisation and that the US would not lift economic sanctions against the country until it takes more steps toward ending its nuclear programme.

Vox also reported Wednesday that North Korea has rejected a timeline for denuclearisation presented by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo several times over the past two months.

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