NORTH Korea accused the US of being “hell-bent on hostile acts” just days after a historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
The hermit kingdom’s UN Mission claimed the US is deliberately trying to undermine peace efforts by pressuring all countries to implement UN sanctions.
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It cited a joint letter from the US, UK, France and Germany on June 29 to UN member states calling for all North Korean workers abroad to be sent home.
Pyongyang’s delegation to the United Nations said on Wednesday that the US was “obsessed with sanctions”.
It also accused Washington of attempting to “undermine the peaceful atmosphere” on the Korean peninsula.
The North Korean mission said the letter “speaks 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-U.S. dialogue”.
Pyongyang added that it was “quite ridiculous” for the US to view sanctions as a “panacea for all problems”.
HISTORIC THIRD MEETING
It comes just days after Trump shook hands with despot Kim Jong-un in a historic third meeting at the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).
Trump became the first US President to ever set foot in North Korea – and Kim said he was “proud” he did it.
Trump and Kim agreed at the meeting to restart negotiations designed to denuclearise 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 U.N. 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% 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 US 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.”
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The North Korean Mission also had a message for the other 192 U.N. member nations.
“All U.N. 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.