North Korea is at it again, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the country threatening to revive a state policy aimed at nuclear development. They want the United States to lift economic sanctions imposed on their country. The Ministry also said that North Korea is facing pressure from the U.S. and South Korea to relinquish its nuclear program, according to NBC News.
But the country did not threaten to pull out ongoing nuclear negotiations with Washington, but floated the idea of bringing back its “pyongjin” policy” to advance its nuclear force.
“If the U.S. keeps behaving arrogantly without showing any change in its stand, while failing to properly understand our repeated demand, the DPRK may add one thing to the state policy for directing all efforts to the economic construction adopted in April and as a result, the word ‘pyongjin’ may appear again,” the statement reads.
This statement is the first time North Korea has signaled a chance at resuming nuclear weapons tests and further development since the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, signed the new state policy.
The Foreign Ministry’s statement also said the “improvement of relations and sanctions is incompatible,” according to NBC News.
“The U.S. thinks that its oft-repeated ‘sanctions and pressure’ leads to ‘denuclearization.’ We cannot help laughing at such a foolish idea,” it said.
Pyongyang accused Washington of trying to disrupt promises made between Kim and President Trump when they met during a historic summit in Singapore this summer.
The two leaders signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Trump decided to call off joint military exercises with South Korea, and North Korea in exchange said it unilaterally suspended nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and closed a nuclear testing facility.
North Korea’s “proactive and good-will measures” were supposed to be met with reciprocity by the U.S. in lifting sanctions, the Foreign Ministry said, according to NBC News.