Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

North Korea slams U.S. for lacking ‘basic decorum’ in nuke talks

North Korea slams U.S. for lacking ‘basic decorum’ in nuke talks

The stark comments come after Trump and Kim's June meeting in Singapore, during which the White House said the North had made firm pledges to rid itself of its nuclear weapons.

The announcement by an official at the South's Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues for Seoul, comes amid attempts by Washington and Pyongyang to follow through on nuclear disarmament vows made at a summit in June between President Donald Trump and Kim. They said that when a session with Pompeo reached an impasse last month, North Korean officials asked if he would like to step outside to call the president, who declared after the June summit that North Korea was "no longer a nuclear threat".

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.

"It will serve as a platform to discuss plans to overcome the current situation - the main point will be to come up with a plan to convince the USA to cooperate on improving inter-Korean ties despite its reluctance to lift worldwide sanctions against North Korea", said Kim Joon-hyung, an worldwide studies professor at Handong Global University.


Following the landmark inter-Korean summit in April, the two held a lower-key meeting in May in Panmunjom after the United States abruptly canceled its planned summit with the North - which it later pulled a U-turn on.

The concessions the U.S. would offer in exchange - beyond sanctions relief or removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism - remain unknown.

The inter-Korean meeting on Monday will be held at Tongilgak, a North Korean-controlled building in the border village of Panmunjom. Russian Federation and China have suggested the U.N. Security Council could discuss loosening sanctions on Pyongyang after the June 12 Singapore meeting between Trump and Kim.

The president has also repeatedly defended Kim's intentions, tweeting last month that he was "confident" the leader would "honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake".


It has urged Washington to take reciprocal steps including officially declaring an end to the war and dropping sanctions.

The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the 1950-53 fighting ended with a ceasefire, not a peace treaty.

"In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) worldwide community", he said, adding Iran and North Korea have "always had close views" on many issues.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon met in April at a highly publicized summit that saw the leaders hold hands and walk together across the border, and then again in a more informal summit in May, just weeks before Mr. Kim met Mr. Trump in Singapore.


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