North Korea: US not adhering to its side of the bargain

John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

North Korea on Thursday denounced USA calls for enforcing worldwide sanctions despite its goodwill moves and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington followed an "outdated acting script".

Pyongyang insisted that the US should reciprocate to the North's suspension of missile launches and nuclear tests and other goodwill gestures such as the return of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the USA and to establishing mutual trust". Pompeo's comments came on the heels of a United Nations report that found North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs and is violating U.N. sanctions, including through illicit ship-to-ship transfers of oil.

The statement, credited to North Korea's Foreign Ministry, notably did not blame Trump but singled out "some high-level officials within the U.S. administration" who it said were going against the President's will.

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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 Korea issued a forceful statement Thursday against what it said were elements of the US government which are not adhering to the spirit of the dialogue established by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Singapore summit hin June.

"It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize", Bolton said.

The foreign ministry said actions taken by the US 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". American officials have been putting pressure on North Korea to follow its claimed suspension of nuclear tests and destruction of its nuclear test site with a handover of weapons.

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White House officials told Fox News the latest development is simply part of the work required to finalize the denuclearization agreement.

Korea Customs Service Deputy Commissioner Roh Suk-hwan briefs the media on the investigation into North Korean coal imports on Friday.

The customs service did not identify the companies involved, but said about 35,000 tons of coal was brought into South Korea between April and October in 2017, worth 6.6 billion won ($5.8 million).

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea said a total of 35,000 tons of North Korean coal and pig iron worth $5.8 million illegally entered its ports a year ago, in possible violations of United Nations sanctions.

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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. They said that when a session with Pompeo reached an impasse last month, North Korean officials asked if he would like to step outside to call the president, who declared after the June summit that North Korea was 'no longer a nuclear threat'.

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