North Korea threatens to keep nukes

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The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said Thursday, the third such meetings between the leaders in recent months.

Pyongyang insisted that the USA should reciprocate to the North's suspension of missile launches and nuclear tests and other goodwill gestures such as the return of remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

It blamed "some high-level officials within the USA administration", who were "going against the intention of President Trump".

The statement accused USA diplomats of 'going against the intention of President Trump' by refusing to lift actions until there is proof of denuclearisation in the hermit state. "We're going to continue to apply maximum pressure to North Korea until they denuclearize, just as we are to Iran".

The statement was also published by KCNA.

"We expect the Russians and all countries to abide to the U.N. Security Council resolutions and enforce sanctions on North Korea", he said.

Bolton is a longtime Korea hawk and had been a critic of talking with North Korea before Trump opened diplomatic relations.

North Korea has rejected all of these proposals, considering them "gangster-like", one of the sources said.

In an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Bolton said that the USA had held up its end of the Singapore declaration, while North Korea had failed to take "the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearization". The letter was handed to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho during the weekend. South Korea's presidential spokesman said last month that Seoul wants a declaration of the end of the 1950-53 war sooner than later.

The Foreign Ministry passed on the tipoff to the Korea Customs Service, but the shipments had already been registered and 9,156 tons unloaded in South Korean ports.

North Korea has made clear it felt the Singapore summit was only a first step, and that its own concessions - such as freezing nuclear and missile tests and the returning of remains - should be reciprocated by the United States in some manner.

Fox anchor Jillian Mele read the last story in the headline segment, which depicted from North Korea of Kim Jong Un taking his wife on a tour of a fish pickling factory, starting out the segment saying that "Kim Jong Un is quite the romantic".

North Korea has in the past expressed anger over comments made by administration officials in the media, especially Bolton.

Amid a lack of progress on North Korea's denuclearization and recent reports of the country evading sanctions, the USA has stepped up calls for tighter enforcement of the sanctions.

Trump and Kim's historic summit led to an agreement toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula, the report states.

But, following the meeting, US intelligence officials said they believed North Korea was "deceiving" the USA, saying the regime was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in recent months. Their refusal to comply could explain the frustration expressed by U.S. officials in recent days.

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