N. Korea says 'no way' it will denuclearize without trust in US

N. Korea says 'no way' it will denuclearize without trust in US

Despite this, negotiations between the USA and North Korea have stalled since the Singapore summit.

Trump and Kim have said they want to work toward denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, holding an unprecedented meeting earlier this year in Singapore to discuss the idea. Instead, he noted, the U.S.is continuing sanctions aimed at keeping up pressure.

President Trump has said that sanctions will remain in place against North Korea until complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization is achieved.

In 2000, late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, sent two Pungsan dogs to then-South Korean president Kim Dae-jung when they held the first inter-Korean summit.

Ri said it was a "pipe dream" that continued sanctions and U.S. objection to a declaration to formally end the Korean war would ever bring the North to its knees.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addressed the United Nations and said his country would never disarm its nuclear weapons first if it can't trust Washington.

"However, we do not see any corresponding response from the USA", he told world leaders in NY.

Mr Ri made no mention of plans for a second summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump that the U.S. leader highlighted at the United Nations earlier in the week.

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The minister also said sanctions against his government only deepen the mistrust.

The minister instead highlighted three meetings between Mr Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in the past five months and added: "If the party to this issue of denuclearisation were South Korea and not the U.S., the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock".

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly earlier on Saturday, North Korea's top diplomat said the nation won't dismantle its nuclear weapons until it has "sufficient trust" in the U.S., and called on the Trump administration to drop its "coercive methods" such as sanctions.

In August President Trump accused North Korea's ally China of undermining progress on denuclearisation because of its trade dispute with the US.

Last year, the Security Council unanimously adopted multiple sanctions resolutions in response to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests to choke off sources of revenue for the regime.

The Trump administration has been trying to revive nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un, the North's leader.

Seoul says more than 30,000 North Koreans have illegally crossed the border since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

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