North Korea chides United States for pressing sanctions

John Bolton Says North Korea Hasn't Done Much To Rid Itself Of Nuclear Weapons

White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization

USA officials, according to North Korea, "are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions", against what they believe to be Trump's intentions to better relations between the two countries.

The two Koreas, who agreed to increase sports exchanges at a landmark summit between the South's President Moon Jae-in and the North's leader Kim Jong-un in April, held a friendly basketball match in Pyongyang last month.

North Korea ripped the USA government on Thursday for insisting that Pyongyang fully denuclearize, claiming that Trump administration officials are "going against" President TrumpDonald John TrumpOhio county finds hundreds of uncounted votes in already too-close-to-call special election Nunes suggested at private fundraiser that GOP majority is needed to protect Trump Ex-Bush spokesman: Trump shouldn't talk in his "loopy ways" to Mueller MORE by criticizing the nation.

"We expect the Russians and all countries to abide to the U.N. Security Council resolutions and enforce sanctions on North Korea", he said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea's foreign minister that the United States can not be trusted, Tehran's state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

North Korea remains unchanged in its will to implement agreements made by the top leaders of North Korea and the United States during their Singapore talks, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted a foreign ministry spokesperson as saying on Thursday.

Asked about the possibility of additional meetings, Bolton said Trump in a recent letter to Kim proposed sending Pompeo back to North Korea, and that Trump was ready to meet with Kim any time. Those followed contentious remarks last week by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore.

"As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearisation". "Any violation that detracts from the world's goal of finally, fully denuclearizing North Korea would be something that America would take very seriously".

No play on Day 1 of second Test due to rain
If the weathermen are right, the game should start on time on Friday and it's only on Monday again that there are chances of rain. Bad weather set in and never cleared, allowing no opportunity even for the toss and announcement of teams to take place.

The delegation, including 84 young footballers, will travel by bus to Pyongyang for their 10-day visit, marking the first overland trip by South Korean civilians to the North's capital in almost seven years.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a statement after a two day visit in Bern, Switzerland, July 3, 2018.

Relations between North Korea and the U.S. remain tense, despite reassurance from the U.S. State Department that the two countries are in contact with each other.

But, following the meeting, USA intelligence officials said they believed North Korea was "deceiving" the US, saying the regime was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in recent months. "What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearisation", he said.

They said it had also not agreed to definitions of the key terms of any agreement, or to any inspection of its nuclear test site, which it claims to have decommissioned, but which USA intelligence officials have said may still be operable.

Officials said they were also looking into whether any of the 14 vessels that transported North Korean coal violated sanctions banning such shipments.

But Washington has urged the global community to maintain maximum sanctions pressure, even suggesting tougher economic measures, in a bid to compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

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