Just days after Donald Trump made history by being the first president to step foot on North Korean soil and ensuring the world, he had a “beautiful” relationship with North Korea, things have soured.
North Korea’s mission to the United Nations has accused the U.S. of being “obsessed with sanctions” and “more and more hell-bent on hostile acts” against Pyongyang.
On Wednesday, North Korea’s delegation to the UN said that they were responding to a letter sent to the UN last month. In the letter, the US, U.K., Germany, and France called for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang.
The letter was sent by the U.S. on June 29, the same day that Donald Trump turned to Twitter and tweeted that he would like to shake hands with Kim Jong Un during his visit to the Korean Peninsula.
“What can’t be overlooked is the fact that this joint letter game was carried out by the Permanent Mission of the United States to the UN under the instruction of the State Department, on the very same day when President Trump proposed for the summit meeting,” a press statement from the North Korea mission said.
On Sunday, Trump and Kim Jong Un met and it appeared that they had agreed to resume talks aimed at getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program.
The U.S. letter to UN member urged countries to call for the return of all North Korean workers by the end of 2019.
The UN Security Council boosted sanctions against North Korea since 2006 in a sustained attempt to stop funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. UN member states have banned exports from North Korea including coal, iron, lead, textiles, and seafood, and capped imports of crude oil and refined petroleum product.
Last month, the U.S. told a council sanction committee that North Korea had breached a cap on refined petroleum imports, mainly through transfers between ships at sea.
The U.S. also pushed for the committee to put a stop to deliveries of refined petroleum to North Korea but Russia and China, both allies to Pyongyang, delayed the move.
“It is quite ridiculous for the United States to continue to behave obsessed with sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK, considering sanctions as a panacea for all problems,” North Korea’s mission said in a statement.
“It speaks to the reality that the United States is practically more and more hell-bent on the hostile acts against the DPRK,” it added.
North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK.).