North Korea marks 7th anniversary of Kim Jong's Il death

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North Korea's anger comes after Trump administration last week announced fresh sanctions against three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses.

Criticism from North Korea came after the U.S. announced on Monday, that he it had imposed sanctions over three North Korean officials, which includes Choe Ryong Hae, the right hand of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, for their alleged role of abusing human rights.

An editorial in the state-owned news service KCNA warned that the sanctions could bring "DPRK-US relations back to the status of previous year which was marked by exchanges of fire", and added that they are out of step with the White House.

The statement, aired by the official Korean Central News Agency, claimed that USA officials are falling victim to their "greatest miscalculation" if they believe they can force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons program by ratcheting up human rights pressure.

While North Korea may blame these recent sanctions for a breakdown in progress, satellite evidence suggests that they had never been fully committed to denuclearization.

During the meeting, the two leaders had signed a joint statement agreeing to guarantee peaceful relations as well as the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

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These officials included Minister of State Security Jong Kyong Thaek, Director of the OGD (North Korea's censorship department) Choe Ryong Hae, and Director of the PAD (the Propaganda and Agitation Department) Pak Kwang Ho.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim Jong-un placed floral tributes in front of the statues of his father and his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country, and later paid tribute to his father's embalmed body, reports Efe news.

North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son, Kim Jong Un.

He called for stepped-up efforts to "fulfill the obligation and duties as his revolutionary soldiers" and work hard to "implement his plan and desire to the last without an inch of deflection and any concession".

Last week, he said the United States is "in no hurry" to negotiate with North Korea, signaling a further delay in his summit meeting with Kim.

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