As Washington warned that Pyongyang could be producing a chemical used in a nerve agent, the deputy ambassador to the United Nations from North Korea said Friday that the United States must curtail its “hostile policy” toward the country before a dialogue could begin.
“As everybody knows, the Americans have gestured (toward) dialogue,” Kim In Ryong, said Friday. “But what is important is not words, but actions.”
“The rolling back of the hostile policy towards DPRK is the prerequisite for solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula,” he said. “Therefore, the urgent issue to be settled on the Korean Peninsula is to put a definite end to the U.S. hostile policy towards DPRK, the root cause of all problems.”
In an effort to counter U.S. aggression, North Korea has committed to the development of a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead capable of striking the U.S. mainland.
In a late April interview with Reuters, President Trump said that a “major, major conflict” with North Korea was possible, but noted that he preferred to use diplomacy to resolve the conflict over its nuclear and missile programs.
Trump later said that, under the right conditions, he would be “honored” to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. According to the U.S. State Department, the country must “cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region.”
Sanctions were initially imposed on North Korea by the U.N. Security Council in 2006. Those measures have been strengthened due to the five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches recently undertaken by the country, which has signaled a sixth nuclear test.
Reuters reported that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley “raised concern on Friday about an application by North Korea to patent a process to produce sodium cyanide, which can be used to make the nerve agent Tabun and is also used in the extraction of gold.”
“The thought of placing cyanide in the hands of the North Koreans, considering their record on human rights, political prisoners, and assassinations is not only dangerous but defies common sense,” Haley said in a statement. “We urge all U.N. agencies to be transparent and apply the utmost scrutiny when dealing with these types of requests from North Korea and other rogue nations.”
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