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North Korea rejecting United States proposals in diplomatic standoff

North Korea rejecting United States proposals in diplomatic standoff

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.

On Wednesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the United States was "not willing to wait for too long" for North Korea to take steps towards denuclearising.

Yet, it said, Washington was still insisting on "denuclearization first" and had "responded to our expectation by inciting global sanctions and pressure" it said.

The U.N. Security Council banned North Korea's sale of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood in a bid to slash by a third the country's $3 billion annual export incomes, while capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

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Bolton, in an interview on Fox News, said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was prepared to return to North Korea for another meeting with Kim.

In a statement, the North Korean foreign ministry accused the U.S. of "insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our honest efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing" the agreement between Trump and Kim.

The mission described as "reckless" a remark from Guterres who said that North Korea "can be a normal member of the global community in this region through total denuclearization that is verifiable, irreversible". Washington is pushing for the North to begin giving up its nuclear programme.

Pyongyang believes there is a "strong possibility" of a second Kim-Trump summit, an official with close knowledge of North Korea's position on the matter told CNN this week. Despite burgeoning diplomatic efforts to disarm North Korea, the worldwide community has maintained maximum pressure on the North.

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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.

North Korea on Friday accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of making "reckless remarks" and toeing the U.S. line when he called for verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Their refusal to comply could explain the frustration expressed by United States officials in recent days. An article Thursday in the Rodong Sinmun said a formal peace treaty ending the Korean War must take place before denuclearization. The joint statement released after the event, however, was vague at best and provided no clear pathway for Kim to do so.

Bolton, who spoke Tuesday, said Trump, in a letter to Kim, proposed sending Pompeo back to North Korea, and that Trump was ready to meet with Kim any time.

However, the statement offered the USA a way forward if it responds sincerely "even at this belated time".

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