South Korea: North Korean coal entered its ports illegally

Kim Eui-kyeom

North Korea on Thursday denounced US calls for enforcing global sanctions despite its goodwill moves and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington followed an "outdated acting script".

The foreign ministry, which had earlier slammed Washington's "alarming" impatience for denuclearisation, accused the United States of clinging to an "outdated acting script".

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up the document that he and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un had signed at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, June 12, 2018, in Singapore.

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. "Any violation that detracts from the world's goal of finally, fully denuclearizing North Korea would be something that America would take very seriously".

Yet Washington was still insisting on "denuclearization first" and had "responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure" it said. Last month, Washington warned against loosening sanctions on Pyongyang after Russian Federation and China suggested discussing such a move. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang.

Pyongyang said while it had taken "such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire" and "broadminded measures" like the repatriation of US Korean War remains, "the US responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against (North Korea)".

The rival Koreas may try to seek a breakthrough amid what experts see as little progress on nuclear disarmaments between Pyongyang and Washington despite the Singapore summit in June and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's several visits to North Korea.

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South Korea's Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-keum said on Monday Seoul is "asking North Korea to speed up its denuclearization" and asking the U.S. to "show honest efforts about corresponding measures that North Korea is demanding".

"Fox & Friends" called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un "quite the romantic" on Thursday while discussing a story that showed his "softer side".

In the meantime, both Koreas are seeking an end of the Korean War.

North Korea has described the senior officials' approach as "gangster-like" as they try to negotiate denuclearization, according to the report.

Earlier in the day, the North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper insisted the first step towards peace should be formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War, but Washington has maintained that Pyongyang must denuclearize before securing either a peace treaty or sanctions relief.

The joint declaration from the first summit in April states that the summit should happen in the regime's capital, . but the Blue House spokesperson's remarks open up the possibility that the North might suggest other locations.

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