North Korea condemns United States over sanctions

Hugh Fox
December 19, 2018

As snow fell Sunday, a steady flow of North Koreans offering flowers and paying respects to the late leader could be seen at Mansu Hill in central Pyongyang, the location of huge bronze statues of the "Dear Leader" and national founder Kim Il Sung. According to experts, Kim is reluctant to come because of stalled nuclear negotiations with the USA and worries about "security arrangements" in the South.

The commentary deliberately focused its criticism on the State Department and administration officials, not at Trump, suggesting that Pyongyang remains open to another summit.

It also said that "added sanctions pressure will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula forever - a result desired by no one".

North Korean soldiers line up as they pay respect to the bronze statues of their late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill Grand Monument in Pyongyang North Korea Sunday Dec. 16 2018. Many North Koreans are marking the seventh anniversary

Criticism from North Korea came after the U.S. announced on Monday, that he it had imposed sanctions over three North Korean officials, which includes Choe Ryong Hae, the right hand of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, for their alleged role of abusing human rights.

"Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement, in which he confirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", President Trump stated following their meeting.

Singapore: In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018, US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un shake hands following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore.

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It said Washington was guilty of a "grave miscalculation" if it believed that applying more economic pressure on the regime would force it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

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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Park Hwee-rhak, a professer of politics at Kookmin University in Seoul, told ABC News that North Korea "is extremely afraid to pursue hardline provocations". We'll likely soon have an authoritative pitch from Kim Jong Un himself, who should deliver his customary New Year's Day address on January 1, setting up possible demands for diplomacy with the United States.

Kim is generally afforded the same reverential treatment by the state media and for maintaining a respectful step behind his predecessors, he is credited with showing humility and confidence.

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