N. Korea Slams U.S. for Stepping Up Sanctions Campaign

Politics

Singapore, Aug. 4 (Jiji Press)--North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho denounced the United States on Saturday for stepping up its sanctions campaign against his country even after Pyongyang took steps in line with a joint statement adopted by the two countries' leaders in June.

In a speech at an ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Singapore, Ri also criticized the United Stated for refusing to declare the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.

At a press conference prior to the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored the need to keep up diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea until its complete and verifiable denuclearization is realized.

During the speech, Ri stressed that his country has taken action in good faith, including a halt of its nuclear and missile testing and the dismantlement of a nuclear test site, and that the international community should respond to the actions.

He expressed Pyongyang's resolve to abide by the joint statement, including a pledge to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while claiming that the only viable way to achieve the goal is to prioritize building mutual trust and go forward with the process in a phased manner.

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