Pyongyang official warns US

A North Korean official urged the US on Thursday to immediately lift sanctions against Pyongyang, warning that the “confidence-destroying measures” would undermine demilitarization talks.

An undated file photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, shows an "underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile" conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea (reissued 22 March 2017).

The two countries’ leaders are expected to hold a second summit soon, but the US has insisted on maintaining stringent international sanctions on North Korea until it gives up its nuclear weapons. “We think that sanctions and pressure do more harm than good,” Song Il-hyok, deputy director general of the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Disarmament and Peace, said at a defense forum in Beijing.

The sanctions, Song said, “are not at all” confidence-building measures “but confidence-destroying measures,” AFP reports.

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