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N. Korean minister says U.S. is backtracking on Sentosa deal

All Headlines 18:25 August 04, 2018

SINGAPORE, Aug, 4 (Yonhap) -- A top North Korean official on Saturday accused the United States of dragging its feet in building mutual confidence despite their landmark Sentosa summit accord.

Speaking at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Singapore, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho stressed that it's important for both sides to take "simultaneous actions and phased steps."

He cited a set of measures Pyongyang has recently taken including a moratorium on nuclear and missile testing and the removal of a major nuclear site.

"However, the United States, instead of responding to these measures, is raising its voice louder for maintaining the sanctions against the DPRK and showing the attitude to retreat even from declaring the end of the war, a very basic and primary step for providing peace on the Korean Peninsula," he said, according to a English transcript of his speech. The DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Ri stopped short of directly criticizing President Donald Trump, saying what's alarming is the "insistent moves manifested within the U.S. to go back to the old, far from its leader's intention."

lcd@yna.co.kr
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