North Korea accuses U.S. of 'spreading falsehoods' in damming statement

North Korea accuses U.S. of 'spreading falsehoods' in damming statement

North Korea accuses U.S. of 'spreading falsehoods' in damming statement

-North Korea summit in June between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The North noted that they returned remains of USA soldiers who fought in the Korean War to the US last week.

The fresh anger out of Pyongyang comes as top diplomats from the U.S. have strongly criticised the North's commitment to denuclearisation.

North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it had stopped testing missiles, conducted nuclear tests and dismantled "the nuclear test ground", yet the United States still insisted on "denuclearization first".

"The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner", the ministry said.

The statement cited USA 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.

"As long as the US denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner. one cannot expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-US joint statement including the denuclearization", said Pyongyang's foreign ministry, using the initials of the country's official name, warning regional security could suffer.

The two sides vowed to work towards North Korea's denuclearisation but have struggled to reach a deal to meet that goal, with the United States insisting sanctions pressure must be maintained during negotiations.

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

"However, the USA responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against North Korea", said a statement.

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

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

The rival Koreas plan to hold high-level talks on Monday to prepare for a third summit between their leaders, as Pyongyang called on the United States to reciprocate its "goodwill measures" by easing sanctions and stopping demands that the North denuclearize first.

On Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the United States was "not willing to wait for too long" for North Korea to take steps toward denuclearising.

They said it had also not agreed to definitions of the key terms of any agreement, or to any inspection of its nuclear test site, which it claims to have decommissioned, but which USA intelligence officials have said may still be operable.

"We're going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran". Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear program.

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