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At rare UN news conference, North Korea warns US over seized ship | News



The ambassador of North Korea to the United Nations has warned the United States that its "outrageous" seizure of a cargo ship could have consequences for the future of US-North Korean relations, as he reiterated a demand for the immediate return of the ship.

The Wise Honest, North Korea's second-largest cargo ship, was first detained in April 2018 by Indonesia while transporting a large amount of coal. The US announced on May 9 that it had confiscated the vessel because it was carrying a violation of UN sanctions, a first-of-its kind enforcement action that came amid a delicate moment in relations with North Korea

In a rare Press conference on Tuesday, Ambassador Kim Song said that Pyongyang was closely monitoring Washington's "every move" following the seizure, which he said was aimed at bringing the country's maximum pressure "kneel down."

"The United States "

The ambassador urged the US to immediately return the ship, describing the seizure as a" outright denial of the underlying spirit "of a Joint Statement by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Following his first summit in Singapore last year, "committed to the establishment of new bilateral relations."

At the summit, Trump promised "

A second summit between the two leaders in late February 201

9 in Vietnam collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament. The US has called on its allies to maintain economic pressure on North Korea until it takes material steps towards relinquishing its nuclear weapons.

The North Korean leader has aired his displeasure with short-range missile tests apparently aimed at pressure on Washington and Seoul (19659005) Kim, the ambassador, told reporters that the seizure of the ship was the "product of the ship" an extreme hostile policy of the United States against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, "the initials of the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Kim reiterated that he had asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take "urgent measures" to contribute to stability in the Korean

The ambassador listened to a dozen other questions, including the effect of seizure of the ship on prospects for a third Kim-Trump summit and on relations between North Korea and South Korea, whether the ship was carrying contraband, the effect of US and UN sanctions, and whether North would apologize for the death of US student Otto Warmbier

Kim said he would only answer questions related to seizure of the

He ended the news conference saying: "We will sharply watch the reaction of the United States."

SOURCE:
             Al Jazeera and news agencies


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