DPRK Says Will Not Denuclearize Before More Trust in US

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho

The foreign minister told the UNGA that USA attempts to coerce North Korea into denuclearization will not work and that corresponding steps must be taken by both sides in order to advance progress between the two countries.

"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the United States", he said.

Kim, after a third meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Kim this month, said he would dismantle North Korea's main nuclear complex and accept global inspectors at a key missile site in exchange for unspecified corresponding measures from the United States.

Ri referred to a joint statement issued by Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump at a first ever summit between a serving U.S. president and a North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12, when Kim pledged to work toward "denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula" while Trump promised guarantees of North Korea's security.

Before they turned the page on decades of public acrimony, the leaders regularly traded threats and insults as North Korea pushed to develop a nuclear missile capable of hitting the US.

The paper urged the U.S. to "read the trend correctly and make the right choices", instead of ratcheting up sanctions on North Korea while trying to engage the country in talks.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us".

"The US relies on sanctions as the cure-all solution to problems, and it continues to create more complicated issues", the editorial said.

Trump also joked about the criticism he would get from the news media for making a comment some would consider "unpresidential" and for being so positive about the North Korean leader.

However, earlier this month South Korean leader Moon Jae-in completed a high-profile, three-day visit to Pyongyang - the first by a Southern leader to the North's capital in a decade.

Even in half-jest, Trump's comment was one of the more pronounced examples of the admiration he feels for the world's authoritarians, and Kim is by far one of the most brutal.

Despite the apparent lack of progress, this week Trump praised Kim during a speech at the General Assembly and on Saturday he said after tough talks at their summit in June the pair "fell in love".

When US President Donald Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong-un in June this year, nobody thought their political romance would last this long. We fell in love'.

Despite the warmer tone to the relationship, North Korea has not complied with USA demands to provide a complete inventory of its weapons programs and take irreversible steps to give up its arsenal.

Last year, the Security Council unanimously adopted multiple sanctions resolutions in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests to choke off sources of revenue for the regime.

'The sanctions will stay in place until denuclearization occurs'.

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