North Korea: US ‘hell bent’ on hostility and ‘obsessed with sanctions’

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North Korea says the US is “hell bent” on hostile acts and “obsessed with sanctions” – three days after Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met in what Pyongyang called an “amazing event”.

A press statement from Pyongyang’s UN Mission accused the US of trying to exert “overt pressure” and have the world’s nations implement UN sanctions.

It said the US and 23 other countries sent a letter to the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea demanding urgent action “under the absurd pretext of ‘excess in the amount of refined petroleum imported”‘.

The US and the other countries accused North Korea of violating UN sanctions by importing more refined petroleum products than it is allowed.

It has an annual limit of 500,000 barrels, which is key for its economy.

But last month Russia and China blocked the sanctions committee from declaring that Pyongyang breached the annual import limit.

North Korea’s UN Mission said the United States, Britain, France and Germany then circulated a joint letter to all UN member states on 29 June “calling for repatriation of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea) workers abroad, thus inciting an atmosphere of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK”.

That day, Mr Trump issued an unprecedented invitation to meet Mr Kim at the Demilitarised Zone between North and South Korea.

Mr Kim accepted, and at their meeting on Sunday, Mr Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea when he crossed the demarcation line.

Source: Sky News

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