Weekend meetings in southeast Asia saw the US continuing to lambaste North Korea for unconfirmed reports of missile work, and continuing to pressure the international community to maintain and increase sanctions against North Korea.
North Korea’s Foreign Minister issued a statement saying he is increasingly alarmed by the US attitudes toward his country, saying the US keeps pushing its old policy of isolation irrespective of the Joint Statement and commitment to negotiate in good faith.
The constant efforts at the UN to block calls for sanctions relief, and to call for increased sanctions, seem in particular to be a problem, with the foreign minister saying it amounted to the US not holding up its end of the nuclear deal.
With critics complaining Trump was going to give up “too much” to North Korea, the administration seems determined not to give North Korea anything, ever, even when North Korea makes significant moves like dismantling test sites. With the administration talking about the denuclearization process taking many years, the policy seems to be to string North Korea along for however many years that is, and then maybe consider giving them something way at the end of the process.
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