White House adviser Bolton urges North Korea to act on denuclearization

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"As long as the United States denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the joint statement including the denuclearisation", North Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

At a landmark summit in June, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to work to end Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programs, but the two countries have been struggling to reach a detailed accord to meet that goal.

"However, the USA responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", it said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency.

"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust" between Pyongyang and Washington, the North's Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.

It continued: "Now, the issue in question is that going against the intention of President Trump to advance the DPRK - US relations, some high level officials within the US administration are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions and pressure".

The unidentified spokesperson also warned that there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue.

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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.

Haley said Pompeo had delivered "solid" USA demands to North Korea and that Washington would not weaken those or ease sanctions on Pyongyang.

North Korea will preserve its nuclear know-how despite its promise of denuclearisation to the United States, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a visit to Tehran, Iranian media reported on Thursday (Aug 9).

The warnings come just days after North Korea's foreign minister called USA actions "alarming". The Korean Peninsula is still technically in a state of war because the fighting ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

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

At the June summit with Trump, Kim made a vague commitment to denuclearisation - far from the longstanding United States demand for the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of Pyongyang's atomic arsenal.

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