Just three days after the unprecedented meeting of U.S President Donald Trump and Kim Jong- Un inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), North Korea’s delegation to the UN accused Trump’s camp of being “too obsessed with sanctions” and “more and more hell-bent on hostile acts against Pyongyang.”
The statement was made in response to a letter sent to all UN member states last month.
According to the letter, Germany, France, the U.K and the U.S urged other members to impose stricter sanctions on Pyongyang and called for the return of all North Korean workers by the end of 2019.
North Korea’s delegation noted that the letter was sent to the U.N on the same day Trump tweeted he wished to shake hand with Jong- Un during his visit to the DMZ.
“What can’t be overlooked is the fact that this joint letter game was carried out by the permanent mission of the United States to the U.N. under instruction of the State Department, on the very same day when President Trump proposed for the summit meeting,” the statement said.
In an email to US Today, the State Department confirmed that all sanctions on North Korea are still in effect:
“President Trump remains committed to the goals he and Chairman Kim set in Singapore of transformed relations, lasting peace and complete denuclearization,” the email said.
“We look forward to resuming working-level negotiations to make progress towards those goals.”
Since 2006, Pyongyang has been receiving multiple UN sanctions as member states pressure the country to denuclearize.
“It is quite ridiculous for the United States to continue to behave obsessed with sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK, considering sanctions as a panacea for all problems,” North Korea’s mission said in a statement.
“It speaks to the reality that the United States is practically more and more hell-bent on the hostile acts against the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea),” it added.