North Korea chides USA for following ‘outdated acting script’

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The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the USA - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage global sanctions against the North.

But it accused unidentified high-level USA officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by 'making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure'.

The statement accused US diplomats of 'going against the intention of President Trump' by refusing to lift actions until there is proof of denuclearisation in the hermit state.

The warnings come just days after North Korea's foreign minister called United States actions "alarming".

The statement was also published by KCNA.

Bolton is a longtime Korea hawk and had been a critic of talking with North Korea before Trump opened diplomatic relations.

Seoul has been examining nine cases of potential imports of North Korean coal, which would breach a resolution passed last August by the U.N. Security Council to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, greets North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho as they prepare for a group photo at the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in Singapore, Aug. 4, 2018. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearization".

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North Korea has described the senior officials' approach as "gangster-like" as they try to negotiate denuclearization, according to the report.

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.

But the details of that process remain vague - North Korea did not commit to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons and the United Nations says its nuclear programme is continuing.

South Korea started to look into the allegations that North Korean coal may have entered its ports in October.

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.

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

North Korea on Friday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making "reckless remarks" and toeing the USA line when he called for verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

After the meeting, however, USA intelligence leaders were concerned that it appeared North Korea was being deceptive because the nation was actually boosting nuclear weapons at multiple "secret sites".

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