North Korea lashes out at US over sanctions in powerful statement

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump (Reuters)

North Korea has lashed out at the US in bullish statement, criticising the country for failing to lift sanctions following talks between the nations.

Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said that America is not keeping to the terms agreed to at the summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.

The statement blamed ‘some high-level officials within the US administration’, and notably did not single out the President for being at fault.

Kim Jong-un,is pictured in his undershirt on a visit to a factory. (AP Images)

It said: ‘Whereas we already took such practical denuclearisation steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire, followed by dismantling the nuclear test ground since the end of last year, the U.S. insisted on its unilateral demand of ‘denuclearisation first’ at the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks help in Pyongyang in early July.

‘Nevertheless, for the sake of building confidence between the DRPK and the U.S., a foremost and indispensable process for implementation of the joint statement of the DRPK-U.S. summit, we took such broadminded measures as repatriating POW/MIA remains.

‘We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DRPK and the U.S. and to establishing mutual trust.

‘However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against the DRPK.’

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A range of international sanctions remain in place over the country’s nuclear weapons testing.

America has agreed that sanctions may be lifted after the country has fully denuclearised.

At a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in June, Mr Trump announced that Pyongyang had agreed to give up its nuclear weapons, but details as to the process and timescale were absent.

Some experts say that North Korea does not want to denuclearise first or maybe denuclearise at all because it wants a long, drawn-out process that sees external aid shipped in in return for abandoning nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang has also stepped up its calls for a formal end to the Korean War, which some analysts believe is meant to be the first step in the North’s effort to eventually see all 28,500 US troops leave the Korean Peninsula.