North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctions

North Korea lashes out at US diplomats over sanctions

North Korea's foreign ministry has lashed out at the US for not lifting sanctions against the country. It said it had made various goodwill gestures but the US was still following an "outdated acting script" and jeopardising any progress. North Korea remains under a range of international and US sanctions over its nuclear programme and missile tests. South Korea says it has caught three companies importing coal and iron from North Korea in breach of UN sanctions.

Last week, a leaked UN report said the country had not stopped building weapons - which prompted the US to call on the international community to keep enforcing sanctions. North Korea's foreign ministry cited various conciliatory moves it said the country had made: halting missile tests, the return of the remains of US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War and the dismantling of a nuclear site. It said the US was clinging to an old script that "all previous administrations have all tried and failed".

It also accused US officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations" and "desperate attempts at intensifying the international sanctions and pressure".

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