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North Korea threatens to stall denuclearization in warning to US

10 August 2018

In this image captured from the United States Forces Korea homepage, an official from the U.S. Department of Defense drives a nail into one of wood coffins that contain remains of American service members who died during the 1950-53 Korean War in Wonsan, North Korea in July.

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Pyongyang and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an "outdated acting script".

Earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia, China and other countries against any violation of global sanctions on North Korea that could reduce pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

The statement on the KCNA state news agency said North Korea, which calls itself the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was still willing to implement a broad agreement made at a landmark June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Following the landmark inter-Korean summit in April, the two held a lower-key meeting in May in Panmunjom after the United States abruptly canceled its planned summit with the North - which it later pulled a U-turn on.

Yet Washington was still insisting on "denuclearization first" and had "responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure" it said.

USA officials, according to North Korea, "are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions", against what they believe to be Trump's intentions to better relations between the two countries.

The foreign ministry said actions taken by the USA equate to "throwing cold water" over their efforts, calling it an "indeed foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out".

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"Expecting any result, while insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our honest efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing the [North Korean]-U.S. joint statement, is indeed a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out", the statement read.

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

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

The Kim Jung Un regime is claims U.S.is making "outrageous arguments" that North Korea has to denuclearize first; Greg Palkot reports.

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North Korea has removed some of the remaining structures at Sohae Satellite Launching Station, according to a 38 North analysis of satellite photos on Tuesday.

North Korea threatens to stall denuclearization in warning to US