PressTV-US sanctions put denuclearization at risk: North Korea

North Korea has denounced the administration of US President Donald Trump for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country, warning that disarming Pyongyang could be blocked forever.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the US Department of State was “bent on bringing the DPRK-US relations back to the status of last year, which was marked by exchanges of fire.” 

The statement added, “If the US administration believed that heightened sanctions and pressure would force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons, it would count as (its) greatest miscalculation, and it will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever – a result desired by no one.”

Washington has resorted to “sanctions measures for as many as eight times against the companies, individuals and ships of not only the DPRK but also Russia, China and other third countries…,” the statement included.


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