If the U.S. continues to enforce sanctions against North Korea, the regime could forestall its denuclearization efforts, according to a statement by the nation's foreign ministry. North Korea also criticized the United States for accusing them of secretly continuing work on some secret missile sites.
The North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday that President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has improved relations between the two nations. But North Korean officials also indicated they are also growing weary of the U.S.'s increasing pressure for full denuclearization.
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North Korea believes the U.S. is "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the international sanctions.”
"They made public the North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory and additional sanctions, and called for cooperation in forcing sanctions and pressure even at the international meetings," the statement reads.
North Korea also noted its goodwill gesture last week of returning the remains of U.S. soldiers of who fought in the Korean War.
According to North Korea, the U.S.’s response is “foolish” and equal to “throwing cold water” on their efforts.
"...there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability will continue on the Korean peninsula will continue," North Korea's statement reads.
Trump and Kim’s historic summit led to an agreement toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula, the report states.
After the meeting, however, U.S. intelligence leaders were concerned that it appeared North Korea was being deceptive because the nation was actually boosting nuclear weapons at multiple “secret sites.”
“What they’re doing now is they’re criticizing the more fact-based, hard numbers approach by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton,” Fox News’ Kevin Corke reported. “They feel like the conversation with those men has been far less constructive.
North Korea has described the senior officials’ approach as “gangster-like” as they try to negotiate denuclearization, according to the report.
White House officials told Fox News the latest development is simply part of the work required to finalize the denuclearization agreement.
The translated version of North Korea's statement is available on its website, under the heading "Statements," and the title "Press Statement of Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry.