North Korea condemns US sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk

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North Korea threatens to kill nuclear talks over human rights sanctions

DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, his family mausoleum, to mark the seventh death anniversary of his father Kim Jong-il, according to state media.

The White House, however, has given no hint that it is ready to lift the measures.

At a historic summit in Singapore in June, US President Donald Trump and Kim signed a vaguely-worded statement on denuclearisation.

Pyongyang has been focused on North-U.S. denuclearization negotiations, improving inter-Korean relations and other diplomatic activities over recent months, a dramatic shift from the end of a year ago when tensions were high following North Korea's sixth nuclear test.

The warning from the North on Sunday came days after the U.S. said it was imposing sanctions on three senior North Korean officials over human rights abuses.

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Tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader as snow fell on Sunday at Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang, the location of huge bronze statues of the "Dear Leader" and national founder Kim Il Sung.

State media outlets focused on highlighting Kim Jong-il's economic achievements over his military achievements, seen as a move away from the byungjin line policy which pushed for military and nuclear development in parallel with economic development. Administration officials have said for months that they are pushing for a second Trump-Kim summit, although Mr. Trump suggested Friday that momentum for the summit is lacking. Shortly after the exercise resumed, North Korea announced the weapons test (which may have taken place earlier in the year). We think it's going fine.

The commentary by KCNA was at least partially a response to the latest round of sanctions levied against North Korea by the U.S.

Sunday's statement from Pyongyang similarly steered clear of directly criticizing Mr. Trump.

The statement goes on to complain that the State and Treasury Departments have imposed numerous sanctions against companies, individuals, and ships belonging to Russia, China, and other allies by "fabricating pretexts of all hues such as money laundering, illegal transactions through ship-to-ship transfer and cyber-attack".

The rogue regime, through a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, gave credit to President Trump for his efforts to improve relations between the US and North Korea - but slammed the State Department for stifling that progress, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

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