Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

Young South Korean footballers head to Pyongyang

North Korea called out the U.S.' "shameless and impertinent behavior", according to a press release out Thursday via a foreign ministry spokesperson.

North Korea's foreign ministry said Pyongyang had stopped nuclear and missile tests, dismantled a nuclear test ground and returned the remains of some US soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

"We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the USA and to establishing mutual trust".

The concessions the USA would offer in exchange - beyond sanctions relief or removing North Korea from the list of state sponsors of terrorism - remain unknown.

The statement, credited to North Korea's Foreign Ministry, notably did not blame Trump but singled out "some high-level officials within the United States administration" who it said were going against the President's will.

"We expect the Russians and all countries to abide to the U.N. Security Council resolutions and enforce sanctions on North Korea", he said.

The ministry added that expecting "any result" to negotiations in this context was "indeed a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out".

At Trump and Kim's historic summit, the two signed a document stating that Pyongyang would work toward "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, also said this week that North Korea has not taken the steps necessary to denuclearise.

Relations between North Korea and the U.S. remain tense, despite reassurance from the U.S. State Department that the two countries are in contact with each other.

They said it had also not agreed to definitions of the key terms of any agreement, or to any inspection of its nuclear test site, which it claims to have decommissioned, but which US intelligence officials have said may still be operable.

The delegation, including 84 young footballers, will travel by bus to Pyongyang for their 10-day visit, marking the first overland trip by South Korean civilians to the North's capital in almost seven years.

The United States was "attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK".

"What we really need is not more rhetoric", Bolton said.

One of the goals of North Korea's missile and nuclear program - which a confidential United Nations report recently said was still operational - is to defend itself from U.S. aggression and attempted regime change. But North Korean officials also indicated they are also growing tired of the U.S.'s increasing pressure for full denuclearization.

It wasn't clear when another inter-Korean summit might happen, but if the April 27 summit agreements between Moon and Kim are followed through on, the leaders will likely meet in Pyongyang in the next couple of months.

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