In this image captured from the United States Forces Korea homepage, an official from the U.S. Department of Defense drives a nail into one of wood coffins that contain remains of American service members who died during the 1950-53 Korean War in Wonsan, North Korea in July.
He continued to note that the US has no current plans to relax sanctions on North Korea until there is evidence the country is taking steps to denuclearize, saying the Trump administration would continue its campaign of "maximum pressure".
North Korea's foreign ministry said Pyongyang had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test ground and returned the remains of some US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.
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".More news: Pick your Liverpool team to face West Ham
Following the landmark inter-Korean summit in April, the two held a lower-key meeting in May in Panmunjom after the U.S. abruptly canceled its planned summit with the North - which it later pulled a U-turn on. "However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting worldwide sanctions and pressure against the DPRK", the statement read, using an acronym for North Korea's official name.
The ministry added that expecting "any result" to negotiations in this context was "indeed a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out".
USA officials, according to North Korea, "are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the worldwide sanctions", against what they believe to be Trump's intentions to better relations between the two countries.
The country claimed that the U.S.is denying it "basic decorum" and is clinging "to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed", warning that they "cannot expect any progress in the implementation" of the joint agreement between the two countries reached earlier this year.More news: Arab rights group petitions Israel’s Supreme Court against Jewish nation law
The stark comments come after Trump and Kim's June meeting in Singapore, during which the White House said the North had made firm pledges to rid itself of its nuclear weapons.
Ri traveled this week to Iran, where President Hassan Rouhani told him the United States can not be trusted after the Trump administration reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's own nuclear program.
"This is all in North Korea's court", Haley told reporters traveling with her during a visit to Colombia. But the USA has repeatedly reiterated that North Korea's complete denuclearization comes before such a goal, amid slower-than-expected progress in relevant talks.More news: Persied meteor shower peaks this weekend