US Claims On Denuclearisation Can Bring Situation Back To Square One, Says North Korea

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| May 6 , 2018 , 13:54 IST

North Korea in a historic move expressed intentions for denuclearisation, however, the nation stated on Sunday that the denuclearisation was not a result of the US-led sanctions, and warned the US not to mislead public opinion which may "bring the situation back to square one".

In recent years, North Korea has been hit with a series of sanctions by the US and the UN over Pyongyang's unrestrained nuclear and missile tests. On April 27, In the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in vowed for “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula.

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North Korea's official news agency KCNA said Washington was “misleading public opinion” by claiming that the denuclearisation was a result of sanctions and other pressure and that the US should not “deliberately provoke” the North.

“This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one,” a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted by KCNA as saying.

US President Donald Trump who is scheduled to meet Kim Jong-Un in the upcoming weeks, has said that he would be maintaining sanctions and pressure on North Korea and “not repeat the mistakes of past administrations”, claiming that his tough stance that led to the breakthrough.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has also credited US President Trump for the change in North Korea's stance, saying that Trump deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Korean peninsula.