North Korea Lashes Out At Administration Officials 'Going Against' President Trump

Aaron Brown
August 11, 2018

Both the South Korean and United States governments said they are closely coordinating on the issue and implementation of sanctions against North Korea amid concerns that South Korean firms' involvement in the North Korean coal imports could hurt Seoul's ties with Washington.

"The idea that we're going to relax the sanctions just on North Korea's say-so, I think, is something that just isn't under consideration", Bolton said.

It blamed "some high-level officials within the USA administration", who were "going against the intention of President Trump".

The finding comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in's administration pursues detente with the North. Hopes are high for economic cooperation and investment in North Korea once sanctions are lifted.

North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday that President Donald Trump's summit in June with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has improved relations between the two nations.

The Security Council previous year adopted three rounds of tough economic sanctions on North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw commodities and severely restricting oil supplies.

North Korea has rejected all of these proposals, considering them "gangster-like", one of the sources said.

The frustration expressed by North Korea points to a fundamental disagreement between the two parties as to the timeline and progress of implementing what was agreed by Kim and Trump. North Korea also criticized the United States for accusing them of secretly continuing work on some secret missile sites.

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North Korea has made clear it felt the Singapore summit was only a first step, and that its own concessions - such as freezing nuclear and missile tests and the returning of remains - should be reciprocated by the USA in some manner.

State-run media in North Korea has recently stepped up criticism of the US.

Trump and Kim's historic summit led to an agreement toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula, the report states.

USA officials have declined to comment on a report on the Vox news website Wednesday saying that North Korea had repeatedly rejected a US proposal for it to cut its nuclear arsenal by 60 to 70 percent within six to eight months.

Earlier in the day, the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper insisted the first step towards peace should be formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, but Washington has maintained that Pyongyang must denuclearize before securing either a peace treaty or sanctions relief. The joint statement released after the event, however, was vague at best and provided no clear pathway for Kim to do so.

"What we really need is not more rhetoric", Bolton told Fox News on Tuesday.

"The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner", the ministry said.

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