North Korea chides United States for following ‘outdated acting script’

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Since the June meeting, Pyongyang has announced measures including halting missile and nuclear tests.

The main agenda item is likely to be planning for the third meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this year.

But, following the meeting, USA intelligence officials said they believed North Korea was "deceiving" the US, saying the regime was bolstering production for nuclear weapons at "multiple secret sites" in recent months. Notably, the statement didn't directly criticize Trump.

North Korea accused the United States on Thursday of pushing for global sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang and said progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an "outdated acting script".

The White House and US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A statement from the North Korean government, broadcast via the Korea Central News Agency, accused U.S. figures of spouting "falsehoods" about the North Korean nuclear issue.

Washington has said that sanctions will not be lifted until Pyongyang fully and finally dismantles its nuclear weapons.

"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK (North Korea) and the USA and to establishing mutual trust", it said in a statement carried by the North's KCNA news agency.

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Pyongyang also returned the remains of some United States soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean war in a gesture meant to break down mistrust between the countries, it said.

The two Koreas will hold a high-level meeting Monday to review progress on implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration and discuss preparations for a possible summit, South Korea's Ministry of Unification said Thursday. Among the agreements was holding another inter-Korean summit in the fall in Pyongyang. Those followed contentious remarks last week by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore.

The North Korean government said in a statement through its mission to the United Nations that it has halted nuclear missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test site and begun to return the remains of Americans killed in the Korean War, but lamented continued criticism from USA officials.

Russian Federation and China have called on the Security Council to consider easing sanctions to reward North Korea for opening up dialogue with the United States and halting missile tests.

It will be held on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom and the Seoul government plans to reassemble a delegation headed by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon for the occasion, according to the ministry. It also wasn't clear when another leaders' summit might happen.

A South Korean coach said the "rare opportunity" to play football in the North's capital would be a "great experience" for his players regardless of the end result.

All civilian communication between the two countries, which remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty, is banned unless approved by the governments.

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