North Korea assails U.S., South Korea and UN
North Korea on Monday accused the United States of “political and military provocations” and South Korea of “double-dealing behaviour.”
North Korea’s UN Ambassador Kim Song made the accusations in a speech to a General Assembly meeting on the International Atomic Energy Agency, which he accused of “ignorance of the prevailing reality of the Korean Peninsula.”
Kim said relations between the U.S. and North Korea “have made little progress” since the June 2018 summit, “and the situation of the Korean Peninsula has not extricated itself from the vicious cycle of aggravated tension.”
He said this is “entirely attributable to the political and military provocations perpetrated by the U.S.”
Nuclear diplomacy has largely remained deadlock since a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed in February.
In recent months, North Korea has been trying to pressure the United States after demanding that Washington make new proposals to revive nuclear diplomacy by the end of December.
Kim, the North Korean UN envoy, told the General Assembly that since last year his country his country has made “proactive efforts in good faith ... to establish a lasting peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”
He said North Korea has refrained from testing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles for more than 20 months.