North Korea Warns US Sanctions Could Derail Plans to Denuclearize

(From The Guardian)

In a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, the North praised Trump for his “willingness” to improve relations with Pyongyang, but said the US treasury’s decision to impose sanctions on three officials over alleged human rights abuses could “block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula forever.”

The statement, attributed to the policy research director of the North Korean foreign ministry’s Institute for American Studies, added that US officials, including those at the state department, were “bent on bringing DPRK-US relations back to the status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire” – a reference to North Korean ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test, as well as angry verbal exchanges between the countries’ leaders.

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