SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Monday denounced the United States again for meddling in internal affairs in Cuba by instigating anti-government demonstrations and unrest in the Caribbean country.
"The U.S.'s intention has been laid bare outright that it seeks to instigate internal unrest by influencing anti-government elements and bolstering anti-Cuba sentiment globally," the ministry said in a posting on its website.
"The U.S. has been involved in behind-the-scene manipulation of anti-government demonstrations and causing a stir by launching new sanctions schemes against the country," it added.
This marked the fourth time since July 16 that the North has blamed the U.S. for causing instability in Cuba, including its capital city of Havana.
North Korea has been seeking to maintain closer ties with its traditional friendly countries, including Cuba, amid an impasse in nuclear negotiations with Washington.
In April, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent multiple congratulatory messages to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, expressing hope that relations between the two countries will "grow stronger."
(LEAD) Yoon pledges to improve ties with Japan, offers economic aid in exchange for N.K. denuclearization
Conservative activists hold rally in downtown Seoul on Liberation Day
S. Korea expresses deep regret over Japanese PM's offering to war shrine
S. Korea, U.S. to stage preparatory military drills before major field exercise
(LEAD) Homes of ex-top security officials raided in probe into N. Korea's killing of fisheries official