Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told North Korea’s foreign minister that the United States cannot be trusted, Tehran’s state media said, as the United States seeks a deal to rein in the North’s nuclear and missile programs, Reuters reports.
North Korea for its part denounced the United States for its “outdated acting script” in pressuring the North with continued sanctions, but said it was still prepared to meet its obligations after a historic North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore in June.
“The U.S. administration performance in these years has led the country to be considered untrustworthy and unreliable around the world which does not meet any of its obligations,” Rouhani
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho denounced U.S. calls for the world to maintain sanctions pressure — a mainstay of Pompeo’s diplomacy — as being inconsistent with President Trump’s position on the talks. Likewise, he maintained that the U.S. hasn’t responded appropriately to North Korea’s “moratorium on nuclear tests and rocket launch tests” and apparent step to dismantle a missile factory.
“The United States, instead of responding to these measures, is raising its voice louder for maintaining the sanctions against North Korea and showing the attitude to retreat even from declaring the end of the war, a very basic and primary step for providing peace on the Korean peninsula.” ~ North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho
Ri was unapologetic about the continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. “It is essential for both sides to take simultaneous actions and phased steps to do what is possible one after another,” he said Saturday. “Only when the U.S. ensures that we feel comfortable with and come close to it, will we be able to open our minds to the U.S. and show it inaction.”
“I think for the denuclearization to happen, we need to see the move, and I haven’t seen that yet. One of the things that hasn’t happened is the demonstrable moves toward denuclearization before we can entertain something like the end-of-war declaration. It is my hope that we move forward the issue of the end of war declaration with South Korea, This, in my view, should be an alliance decision, and we should not be precipitous in declaring an end of the war.” ~ Retired four-star Admiral and former commander of U.S. Pacific Command. RWT News
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.