During landmark talks with US President Donald Trump in June, the North's leader Kim Jong Un signed up to a vague commitment to denuclearisation, far from the longstanding American demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of Pyongyang's atomic arsenal. Notably, the statement didn't directly criticize Trump.
North Korea ripped the US government on Thursday for insisting that Pyongyang fully denuclearize, claiming that Trump administration officials are "going against" President TrumpDonald John TrumpOhio county finds hundreds of uncounted votes in already too-close-to-call special election Nunes suggested at private fundraiser that GOP majority is needed to protect Trump Ex-Bush spokesman: Trump shouldn't talk in his "loopy ways" to Mueller MORE by criticizing the nation.
North Korea also accused unidentified high-level United States officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".
"However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", it said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency.
A South Korean official at the Unification Ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the two Koreas will also discuss on Monday ways to push through tension-reducing agreements made during an earlier summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
A statement from the North Korean government, broadcast via the Korea Central News Agency, accused United States figures of spouting "falsehoods" about the North Korean nuclear issue.
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The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the USA - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage global sanctions against the North.
North Korea has condemned the United States for placing fresh sanctions on it and called on the country to respond to its efforts to improve bilateral ties.
The inspection was supposed to be carried out from Friday until August 17 on the North Korean section of the road running from the border town of Kaesong to Pyongyang.
It has urged Washington to take reciprocal steps including officially declaring an end to the war and dropping sanctions.
North Korea went ahead with the return of the remains of some USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war in a goodwill measure aimed at breaking down mistrust between the countries, it said. The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the fighting ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.