White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 10, 2018

North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for worldwide sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an "outdated acting script".

The announcement comes as the two Koreas work toward declaring an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War and eventually establishing a peace regime on the peninsula.

But there have been reports recently that Moon and Kim could meet as soon as this month.to try to find a breakthrough in the North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations, which have slowed down because of differences between the two about formally ending the Korean War.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint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

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

But it accused unidentified high-level USA officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

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Bolton said the United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration that followed the June 12 summit. "It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize".

However, in testifying before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in late June, Pompeo acknowledged that North Korea was still producing nuclear materials, despite Kim's pledge to denuclearise.

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

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018.

Haley said Pompeo had delivered "solid" USA demands to North Korea and that Washington would not weaken those or ease sanctions on Pyongyang. They said that when a session with Pompeo reached an impasse last month, North Korean officials asked if he would like to step outside to call the president, who declared after the June summit that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat".

The facility, completed in 2009, was first used to launch the Unha 3-rocket in April 2012.

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