North Korea's UN Mission issued a statement on Wednesday criticizing the Trump Administration, saying that while continuing to publicly court dialogue with North Korea, they continue to take hostile actions against them.
North Korea's mission to the U.N. released the harsh statement Wednesday, saying it was responding to a letter co-signed by the US urging nations hosting North Korean workers to send them back in accordance with global sanctions.
The North Korean delegation said it was responding to a USA allegation that it had breached a cap on refined petroleum imports that was set in 2017.
Negotiations on the removal of North Korea's nuclear weapons stalled earlier this year.
Then, at the G20 Summit in Osaka last weekend, Xi urged Trump to be flexible and consider easing sanctions on North Korea.
The top U.S. diplomat on North Korea heads to Europe for talks on removing nuclear weapons from the Asian peninsula, the State Department said on Saturday (July 6), a week after an impromptu meeting between Donald Trump and the North's Kim Jong Un.
From 2006 to 2009, he was part of the North's delegation for the six-party talks, a series of multilateral negotiations held between North and South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the United States in Beijing.
Under UN sanctions imposed in December 2017 after ballistic missiles tests, all North Korean nationals working overseas have to return home by the end of 2019, restricting a vital source of foreign currency.
North Korea's UN Mission said the US, Britain, France and Germany then circulated a joint letter to all UN member states on June 29 "calling for repatriation of the DPRK workers overseas, thus inciting an atmosphere of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK".
Luo said in the statement that the recent interactions on peninsula issues were key to promoting peace talks and that China supported the U.S. and North Korea in keeping communication channels open.
"A lot of good things are happening, and there's been no nuclear testing", he said.
Kim and Trump's talks are their third after a long pause.
Harry Kazianis, with the Washington, D.C. -based Center for the National Interest, said the meeting could "set the tone for. carving out a path toward lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula".
The North Korean Mission to the United Nations said Wednesday in a statement that it is "ridiculous" for the United States to be "obsessed with sanctions and a pressure campaign" against Pyongyang, according to Reuters.