Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

North Korea says US 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meeting

North Korea says US 'hell-bent' on sanctions despite Trump-Kim meeting

North Korea has accused the USA of being "hell-bent on hostile acts", despite a recent agreement between the two countries to resume nuclear talks.

With the two sides holding working-level talks in the next two weeks or so, eyes are on whether this proposal will lead to a breakthrough in negotiations.

The North Korean delegation said it was responding to a U.S. allegation that it had breached a cap on refined petroleum imports that was set in 2017.

But the State Department said it is not preparing for any new proposals, reiterating that its "goal remains the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea". Moon's government has also said it hopes the diplomatic momentum created by the latest Trump-Kim meeting would help revive inter-Korean dialogue.

To get it right, the first step the Trump administration should take is to offer North Korea a security guarantee, whether in the form of an end of war declaration or a non-aggression pact.

The U.S. and a handful of its allies apparently sent a letter to United Nations member states enjoining them to implement sanctions against the North before the border meeting between Washington and Pyongyang this past weekend.

During years of prolonged economic hardship compounded by global isolation, over 30,000 North Koreans have escaped from the reclusive state to the South, according to government data.

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The US is yet to respond to the statement.

Peninsula tensions remain despite recent landmark meetings with the US.

"It seems like officials in Cheong Wa Dae hold a constructivism perspective, thinking that if these kind of messages (Moon's remark) continue to accumulate, people will come to perceive it as reality", Kim said.

"The consistent use of imagination will be needed in order to resolve a truly tough historical task - the complete denuclearization and a lasting peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula", Moon said during a Cabinet meeting.

USA officials and analysts have been expressing concerns that the North may demand the withdrawal of 28,500 United States troops from the South when an end to the war is declared. "There was no comment on the armistice or how they would replace the armistice with a formal peace treaty", he said.

Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas.

"We can imagine that President Trump could make as many out-of-the-box moves as he likes anytime in the future".

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