North Korea: Time to end 'hostile' US policy, 'futile' sanctions

North Korea: Time to end 'hostile' US policy, 'futile' sanctions
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North Korea is calling on the United States to lift sanctions imposed on Pyongyang. 

“Now is the high time to put an end to the U.S. anachronistic anti-DPRK hostile policy and its futile moves of sanctions and pressure,” said North Korea’s National Reunification Institute Director Ri Jong Hyok, as reported by Reuters

DPRK is the acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the formal name of North Korea.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE earlier this month agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after a South Korean delegation visited the north. It would be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. 

But the president said sanctions would remain in place until the United States reaches an agreement with Kim.

“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,” Trump tweeted on March 8. “Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”

Trump last year vowed to destroy North Korea should it provoke the United States and earlier this year announced a new set of sanctions on Pyongyang.

“The United States should properly understand our position and come out in a manner of sincere and serious attitude for positively contributing to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” said Ri, according to Reuters.