North Korea chides U.S. for following ‘outdated acting script’

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"What we need is performance from North Korea on denuclearisation", he said.

The statement cited US officials who are "going against President Trump" and his intent to advance relations between the two nations, saying that the president has expressed "gratitude to our goodwill measures" implemented as part of the agreement.

The concessions the U.S. would offer in exchange - beyond sanctions relief or removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism - remain unknown.

The US and South Korea have been engaging North Korea in negotiations to rid the Korean Peninsula of the North's nuclear weapons program since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un committed to complete denuclearization in return for a security guarantee from the US.

Last month, North Korea accused the U.S. of using "gangster-like" tactics in the negotiations.

The agency said it would take measures such as an entry ban or seizure of ships if the 14 vessels that transported coal from North Korea to Russian Federation, and from Russian Federation to South Korea, are found to be in violation of the United Nations sanctions on North Korea.

Two U.S. officials said North Korea appeared to view Trump as a softer touch.

North Korea has made clear it felt the Singapore summit was only a first step, and that its own concessions - such as freezing nuclear and missile tests and the returning of remains - should be reciprocated by the U.S. in some manner. "North Korea has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearise".

The "Fox & Friends" transition has garnered criticism due to the light-hearted nature of discussing the North Korean dictator, who has been under fire for human rights violations and nuclear testings.

Amid a lack of progress on North Korea's denuclearization and recent reports of the country evading sanctions, the USA has stepped up calls for tighter enforcement of the sanctions.

One of the goals of North Korea's missile and nuclear program - which a confidential United Nations report recently said was still operational - is to defend itself from U.S. aggression and attempted regime change.

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 United States troops leave the Korean Peninsula. The joint statement released after the event, however, was vague at best and provided no clear pathway for Kim to do so.

"I can tell you we continue to have conversations virtually every day, every other day or so with the North Koreans", Heather Nauert, U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said Thursday "When I say 'conversations, ' that can be by phone, that can be my message, that can be by email".

"The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our honest efforts in a corresponding manner", the ministry said.

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