Korea says denuclearisation pledge not result of US-led sanctions

Korea says denuclearisation pledge not result of US-led sanctions

The North's official news agency KCNA quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as criticising the USA for what it calls "misleading" claims that Washington's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

"In this summit, (Moon and Trump) plan to reaffirm the solid alliance between South Korea and the USA and the two countries' deep friendship", Seoul's presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a statement carried by local news agency Yonhap Saturday.

North and South Korean leaders agreed last month to denuclearise the region, at a border summit which came after months of warlike rhetoric from the North and Mr Trump.

"The US is also moving to aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula by deploying strategic assets on the Peninsula and increasing its attempt of taking up the "human rights" issue against Pyongyang", said the spokesman.

Kim and Trump are expected to meet later this month or in early June.

Some hardline U.S. advisers to President Trump, including the newly appointed senior security adviser John Bolton, would try their best to cast doubts in the accords struck between the two Korean leaders, and even help derail them altogether as non-dependable.

USBs are frequently smuggled into North Korea allowing people to watch banned content including South Korean and Hollywood films, as well as global news.

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Bolton also flatly rejected the New York Times report, saying it was "utter nonsense".

The summit will be the first time a sitting USA president will meet with a leader of the North Korean regime. On the outcome of his summit with Kim, he remarked, "We'll see what happens".

Trump also said then that the Southeast Asian city state of Singapore was also in the running to play host.

"We now have a date and we have a location".

The official was referring to USA claims that Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove the North to the negotiating table.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attend a banquet on the Peace House at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018.

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