North Korea Says US "Throwing Water" Over Confidence-Building Efforts

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

The Kim Jung Un regime is claims U.S.is making "outrageous arguments" that North Korea has to denuclearize first; Greg Palkot reports.

The White House and State Department did not immediately return requests for comment. It also claims that "high-level officials within the US administration are making baseline allegations against [North Korea] and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure".

National security adviser John Bolton earlier this week said North Korea had not begun the progress, while USA envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Washington was "not willing to wait for too long" for the North.

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 USA troops leave the Korean Peninsula.

Satellite images from last Friday indicate North Korea has carried out additional activities to dismantle a key missile launch facility, the Washington-based 38 North think-tank said on Tuesday.

The South Korean official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, said the two Koreas will also discuss ways to push through tension-reducing agreements made during an earlier summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the USA - by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests - America continues to insist on "denuclearization first", and continues to encourage global sanctions against the North.

"The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner", North Korea added in its statement.

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".

North Korea reiterated its demand Thursday for the United States to agree to declare an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, saying that it would help bring in peace and create mutual trust.

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

South and North Korea technically remain at war as the Korean War ended only with the armistice treaty.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, also said this week that North Korea has not taken the steps necessary to denuclearise.

The summit held in Singapore marked the first time Kim Jong-un had met a western leader.

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