N. Korea threat­ens to restart nu­clear pro­gram over sanc­tions

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

TOKYO — North Korea has threat­ened to restart the de­vel­op­ment of its nu­clear weapons pro­gram un­less the United States lifts sanc­tions, un­der­scor­ing one of the ma­jor po­ten­tial stum­bling blocks in Wash­ing­ton’s diplo­matic out­reach with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­sisted that sanc­tions and other pres­sures re­main on North Korea un­til it dis­man­tles its nu­clear pro­gram. Kim’s regime, how­ever, has al­ways de­manded a step-bystep process of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion that would in­clude lift­ing U.S. sanc­tions along the way.

In the past month, Py­ongyang has stepped up its calls for sanc­tions re­lief. The state­ment re­leased Fri­day by North Korea’s For­eign Min­istry is the lat­est in­di­ca­tion that talks over its nu­clear pro­gram have hit an im­passe.

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