A statement from the nation’s Foreign Ministry said that following President Trump’s June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the North has worked to improve relations between the two countries and “make active contributions to peace, security, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and over the world.”
The foreign ministry said that despite their efforts to work with the U.S. — by stopping their missile launches and nuclear tests — America continues to insist on “denuclearization first,” and continues to encourage international sanctions against the North.
U.S. officials, according to North Korea, “are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the international sanctions,” against what they believe to be Trump’s intentions to better relations between the two countries.
The North noted that they returned remains of U.S. soldiers who fought in the Korean War to the U.S. last week.
At Trump and Kim’s historic summit, the two signed a document stating that Pyongyang would work toward “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”