Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders' summit

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton at the White House on Aug. 2 2018

Kim and Trump promised to work to end North Korea's weapons programs at their summit in Singapore, but the two countries have been struggling to reach a detailed accord to meet that goal.

The US remains cautious as it wants to see progress in denuclearization talks first.

"However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", it said in a statement carried by KCNA news agency. "As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one can not expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearization", it said.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment. North Korea also accused unidentified high-level USA officials of "going against the intention of President Trump" by "making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the global sanctions and pressure". "It's just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearise", National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday in an interview on Fox News Channel. The United States has dismissed calls to ease sanctions until the North delivers on its commitments to fully denuclearize.

In late June, the Pentagon indefinitely suspended military exercises with South Korean forces on the Korean Peninsula in an effort, initiated by Trump, to support the negotiations with North Korea.

The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK".

US officials have declined to comment on a report on the Vox news website on Wednesday saying that North Korea had repeatedly rejected a USA proposal for it to cut its nuclear arsenal by 60 to 70 per cent within six to eight months.

"This is all in North Korea's court", Haley told reporters traveling with her during a visit to Colombia.

They said it had also not agreed to definitions of the key terms of any agreement, or to any inspection of its nuclear test site, which it claims to have decommissioned, but which USA intelligence officials have said may still be operable.

Following the landmark inter-Korean summit in April, the two held a lower-key meeting in May in Panmunjom after the USA abruptly canceled its planned summit with the North - which it later pulled a U-turn on.

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