N. Korea accuses US of pushing for sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang

North Korea accused the US on Thursday of pushing for international sanctions despite goodwill moves by Pyongyang. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on state-run KCNA that North Korea was still willing to implement a broad agreement made at the June 12 summit in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The statement followed comments this week by top US diplomats, stressing the need for Pyongyang to take additional steps toward denuclearization, Reuters said. The ministry said on Thursday that Pyongyang had stopped testing missiles, conducting nuclear tests, and had dismantled “the nuclear test ground.” However, the US still insisted on “denuclearization first.” Progress on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington continues to follow an “outdated acting script,” the ministry said.