North Korea rejects chemical links to Syria as 'mean U.S. trick'

North Korea rejects chemical links to Syria as 'mean U.S. trick'

During the closing ceremony for the recently concluded Olympics in South Korea, the office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced that a North Korean delegate to the Olympics said his country is willing to hold talks with the U.S. President Donald Trump responded by saying talks will happen only "under the right conditions".

The council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke off funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

"The United States Government has determined that the Government of North Korea has used chemical weapons in violation of worldwide law or lethal chemical weapons against its own nationals.", the notice reads.

The US believes the North Koreans have been working to improve their rocket engines, mobile missile launchers, and nuclear warhead production.

The DPRK is the acronym of the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

A North Korea official has threatened the USA yet again, promising "its own mode of counteraction" if the US takes part in joint military exercises with South Korea in the coming months.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the United States has "had concerns for a long time " about the possibility of North Korea providing chemical weapons components to Syria, although she said she had not seen the U.N. report and could not comment on it directly.

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North Korea, however, said in a statement Sunday that it considers "any type of blockade an act of war against us".

The recent loss of key diplomatic voices - such State Department official Joseph Yun and the onetime pick for USA ambassador to South Korea, Victor Cha - could also precipitate a more hawkish consensus within the White House, according to CNN military analyst John Kirby.

The unreleased United Nations report had said that Pyongyang has been supplying technical assistance for developing chemical weapons to Damascus for more than a decade.

"If the U.S. finally holds joint military exercises while keeping sanctions on the DPRK, the DPRK will counter the United States by its own mode of counteraction and the USA will be made to own all responsibilities for the ensuing consequences", North Korea's official KCNA news agency said in its commentary, saying the drills would harm reconciliation efforts on the peninsula.

This is according to the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency which said Saturday that North Korea made this remark at the World Disarmament Conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

"(North Korea) was compelled to possess a nuclear deterrent in order to protect its sovereignty and the security of its nation from the harsh hostile policy and nuclear threat of the U.S. that have persisted for years", the unidentified representative was quoted as saying in English.

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