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DPRK warns U.S. sanctions could block path to denuclearization forever

  • December 18, 2018
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri
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Yomiuri wrote that North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday that North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Institute for American Studies issued a statement by its director criticizing the U.S. sanctions on the DPRK by saying they could block the path to denuclearization forever. The paper speculated that the statement was intended to urge the United States to make concessions by indicating the possibility of the denuclearization talks breaking down.


Yomiuri and Mainichi wrote that KCNA reported on Monday that on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the death of the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un vowed to implement his father’s plan and desire without making any concessions. Kim Jong Un made the remarks when he visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang, where the body of his father lies.


In a separate report, Yomiuri wrote that what it referred to as a “stalemate” in the U.S.-DPRK denuclearization talks is becoming prolonged because the differences between Washington and Pyongyang remain unresolved. The paper wrote that while the United States has been using strong economic sanctions to urge the DPRK to take concrete steps toward denuclearization, North Korea is insisting that the sanctions be lifted before it takes denuclearization steps. The paper speculated that it is uncertain whether the two nations will be able to hold their second summit in January or February as envisaged.

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