Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

North Korea accuses U.S. of 'spreading falsehoods' in damming statement

North Korea accuses U.S. of 'spreading falsehoods' in damming statement

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday that Washington and Pyongyang continue to have conversations on a daily basis.

Donald Trump met North Korean Kim Jong-un for the first time in June.

North Korea's nuclear weapons program has caused global tension for decades and the rhetoric and threats from Kim and Trump had been especially hostile before their June meeting.

"However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", it said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency.

The stark comments come after Trump and Kim's June meeting in Singapore, during which the White House said the North had made firm pledges to rid itself of its nuclear weapons. It also claims that "high-level officials within the US administration are making baseline allegations against [North Korea] and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

The unidentified spokesperson also warned that there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue.

Satellite images from last Friday indicate North Korea has carried out additional activities to dismantle a key missile launch facility, the Washington-based 38 North think-tank said on Tuesday. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang.

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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.

North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday it had stopped testing missiles and conducting nuclear tests "followed by dismantling the nuclear test ground", and yet the United States still had insisted on "denuclearisation first". The United States cancelled a joint war exercise with South Korea that was due to take place this month while dismissing calls to ease sanctions until the North delivers on its commitments to fully denuclearize.

North Korean officials have toured China to discuss economic development and speculators are snapping up property along their common border. It also wasn't clear when another leaders' summit might happen.

South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with the armistice treaty.

"In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) worldwide community", he said, adding Iran and North Korea have "always had close views" on many issues.

It accused U.S. negotiators of going against the intentions of President Donald Trump and the spirit of the summit in Singapore.

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