US to impose new sanctions against North Korea next week

The United States has been reportedly maintaining sanctions against Pyongyang as part of its maximum pressure campaign despite preparations for the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, APA reports quoting Sputnik.


The White House is considering dozens of new sanctions against North Korea, which may go into effect early next week, US-based media reported.


According to The Wall Street Journal, the US National Security Council met on Thursday to discuss potential sanctions against Pyongyang, military action and other ways forward.


US President Donald Trump said earlier his decision to cancel the historic summit in Singapore was a setback for North Korea and for the world. The president placed the fault on the hostile rhetoric emanating from Pyongyang but invited the North's leader to contact him if he changed his mind about the meeting.


However, North Korea is still reportedly open for talks with the United States after Donald Trump cancelled the summit over Pyongyang’s alleged hostile remarks.


"We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the US and resolve issues anytime and in any format," North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

The North Korean senior diplomat added that the US decision to call off the summit was not what the world wanted, and urged Trump to meet in order to put an end to "grave hostile relations."


Kim Kye Gwan emphasized that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had focused all his efforts on preparing for the meeting with his US counterpart in Singapore.


Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States would most likely impose new sanctions on North Korea and would encourage other countries to do the same. He said previously DPRK could get relief from sanctions if it gave up its nuclear weapons.

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