North Korea lashes out at U.S. diplomats over sanctions

Leroy Wright
August 10, 2018

The North Korean government said in a statement through its mission to the United Nations that it has halted nuclear missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test site and begun to return the remains of Americans killed in the Korean War, but lamented continued criticism from USA officials.

North Korea has removed some of the remaining structures at Sohae Satellite Launching Station, according to a 38 North analysis of satellite photos on Tuesday.

In this image captured from the United States Forces Korea homepage, an official from the U.S. Department of Defense drives a nail into one of wood coffins that contain remains of American service members who died during the 1950-53 Korean War in Wonsan, North Korea in July. The station had been used to test major long-range ballistic missiles and satellites.

The Kim Jung Un regime is claims making "outrageous arguments" that North Korea has to denuclearize first; Greg Palkot reports.

At Trump and Kim's historic summit, the two signed a document stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"They made public the North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory; and additional sanctions".

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Photos from last Friday showed recent work at the Sohae station to tear down an engine test stand and remove fuel and oxidizer tanks from bunkers, though the possibility can't be ruled out that the North might be trying to modify the stand for other purposes.

"The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration", Bolton said during an interview on "Fox and Friends".

National security adviser John Bolton earlier this week said North Korea had not begun the progress, while U.S. envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Washington was "not willing to wait for too long" for the North.

He said the relaxation of any sanctions was not under consideration.

The North apparently wants it to ensure the security of its regime. Those followed contentious remarks last week by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of a regional forum in Singapore.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri traveled this week to Iran, where President Hassan Rouhani told him the United States can not be trusted after the Trump administration reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's own nuclear program.

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