On Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho criticized America during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, according to The Hill.
An Overview of Ri Yong Ho’s Remarks
North Korea’s foreign minister shared the following statements during his aforementioned speech:
“Without any trust in the U.S., there will be no confidence in our national security. Under such circumstances, there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.”
Ri Yong Ho furthermore lamented over America’s current sanctions against North Korea:
“The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us. But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust.”
However, the United States maintains a different outlook on the sanctions. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently explained that sanctions against North Korea are merely precautionary measures:
“Enforcement of Security Council sanctions must continue vigorously and without fail until we realize the fully, final, verified denuclearization.”