North Korea worried over US move towards denuclearization

North Korea has lashed out again at the US for not lifting sanctions against the country, saying it had made various goodwill gestures, and yet the US was still following an “outdated acting script” and jeopardising any moves towards denuclearisation.

North Korea remains under a range of international and US sanctions over its nuclear programme and missile tests.

The US wants full nuclear disarmament before sanctions can be lifted.

MEANWHILE – Russia and China have blocked a US request to add a Russian bank to a UN sanctions blacklist along with a North Korean official and two entities.

The United States last week asked a UN sanctions committee to slap an assets freeze on Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank for allegedly helping North Korea evade UN-imposed restrictions on financial transactions.

The request also targeted Ri Jong Won, the deputy representative of North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank and two North Korean front companies.

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