North Korea on Thursday threatened to stall the denuclearization of its missile program if the US continues to abide by an "outdated acting script" amid Washington's calls to enforce sanctions against the regime.
The foreign ministry in Pyongyang accused the U.S. of following an "outdated acting script" and demanded more concessions before offering any in return.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the document that he and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un had signed at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. "Potential locations for the summit are not limited to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, ." is what the spokesperson for the South Korean Presidential Office said Friday. while fielding questions about the meeting tentatively scheduled for this fall.
Three South Korean companies brought in North Korean coal and pig iron disguised as Russian products in possible violation of worldwide sanctions, the South Korean customs agency said Friday.
Two South Korean under-15 teams, FC Gangwon and Yeoncheon Miracle, will compete in the Ari Sports Cup in Pyongyang.
It will mark the fourth such football match between North and South Korean workers, with the last game taking place in Pyongyang in 2015.
Ri said Saturday that denuclearization by North Korea should happen "phase by phase", and statement from the foreign minister posted in the media room at the ASEAN forum criticized the U.S. for "raising its voice louder for maintaining the sanctions against (North Korea)".
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And Danish engineering firm Haldor Topsoe said it was cutting 200 jobs in the country as a result of the sanctions . Ri and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif met Tuesday, the day the U.S. reimposed economic sanctions on Iran.
North and South Korea have agreed to increase sports exchanges.
Pyongyang's state media has highlighted it has made goodwill gestures, such as a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, the dismantling of a nuclear site, and the return of the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
Amid a lack of progress on North Korea's denuclearization and recent reports of the country evading sanctions, the USA has stepped up calls for tighter enforcement of the sanctions.
North Korean officials have toured China to discuss economic development and speculators are snapping up property along their common border.
It wasn't clear when another inter-Korean summit might happen, but if the April 27 summit agreements between Moon and Kim are followed through on, the leaders will likely meet in Pyongyang in the next couple of months.
It has urged Washington to take reciprocal steps including officially declaring an end to the war and dropping sanctions.
For his part, Pompeo said last week North Korea was "closer" to denuclearization, but that "the ultimate timeline for denuclearization will be set by Chairman Kim, at least in part". The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the fighting ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.