North Korea: US ‘hell bent’ on hostility and ‘obsessed with sanctions’

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North Korea says the US is “hell bent” on hostile acts and “obsessed with sanctions” – three days after Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met in what Pongyang called an “amazing event”.

A press statement from Pyongyang’s UN Mission accused the US of trying to exert “overt pressure” and have the world’s nations implement UN sanctions.

It said the US and 23 other countries sent a letter to the UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea demanding urgent action “under the absurd pretext of ‘excess in the amount of refined petroleum imported”‘.

The US and the other countries accused North Korea of violating UN sanctions by importing more refined petroleum products than it is allowed.

It has an annual limit of 500,000 barrels, which is key for its economy.

But last month Russia and China blocked the sanctions committee from declaring that Pyongyang breached the annual import limit.