Three days after the USA and North Korean leaders held a historic third meeting, North Korea's U.N. Mission accused the Trump administration Wednesday of talking about dialogue but being "more and more hell bent" on hostile acts. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
The United States and the other countries accused the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, or DPRK, of violating U.N. sanctions by importing far more than the annual limit of 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products, which are key for its economy.
Stephen Biegun, the USA special representative for North Korea, indicated that the United States is willing to accept a nuclear "freeze" by Pyongyang during denuclearization negotiations, according to a report Wednesday, signaling more flexibility than hard-liners in the administration.
It cited a joint letter from the U.S., Britain, France and Germany on June 29 to United Nations member states calling for all North Korean workers overseas to be sent home - the same day President Donald Trump proposed a summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
-North Korea summit, USA special envoy on North Korea Steve Biegun told reporters in an off-the-record briefing the Trump administration wants a "complete freeze" of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Axios reported.
FILE - Members of the U.N. Security Council vote to tighten sanctions on North Korea at U.N. headquarters in New York, March 7, 2013. "In the abstract we have no interest in sanctions relief before denuclearization", he said.
North Korea has continued to emphasize security guarantees from the United States in the negotiation process, something also highlighted in the first Kim-Trump summit on June 12, 2018.
During the Panmunjom meeting, Trump and Kim agreed to resume the working-level talks for their denuclearization negotiations within a few weeks.
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Fomin also said military cooperation between Russia and North Korea had become more active following the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un in April.
That day, Trump issued an unprecedented invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone between the two Koreas.
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They both committed to the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula, but without clarifying what that meant.
The statement comes just days after the leaders of the two countries held a historic meeting.
Pyongyang added that it was "quite ridiculous" for the U.S. to view sanctions as a "panacea for all problems".
The mission said all countries "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".
On the results of the summit between Moon and Trump, the State Department stressed that the strong South Korea-U.S. alliance "is the linchpin of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific".