North Korea once again lashed out at the United States, accusing the State Department of "blocking the path to denuclearization" forever by strengthening sanctions amid a recent stalemate in talks between Pyongyang and Washington.
Sunday's statement comes after the USA announced new sanctions last week against three top North Korean officials: Choe Ryong Hae, who is considered North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's right-hand man; Jong Kyong Thaek, minister of State Security; and Pak Kwang Ho, director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department.
A second summit between Trump and Kim - who exchanged personal insults and threats of war throughout 2017 - is expected to be held next year, with the U.S. leader facing criticism over the planned talks since North Korea has taken few concrete steps to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.
But on Monday (Dec 17) its nuclear assets were conspicuous by their explicit absence from coverage of the seventh anniversary of the death of Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il, on whose watch Pyongyang carried out its first two nuclear tests.
These tweets came just a few hours after a report by NBC News on a top-secret US military assessment that had found that North Korea had been effective at evading United Nations sanctions.
"The United States has consistently condemned the North Korean regime for its flagrant and egregious abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and this Administration will continue to take action against human rights abusers around the globe", Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement on issuing the sanctions.
Despite the latest war of words, a second summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim is expected to be held next year. We think it's going fine.
There remains "wonderful potential for great economic success" for North Korea, Mr. Trump tweeted, adding that Mr. Kim "sees it better than anyone and will fully take advantage of it for his people".
North Korea is reportedly expanding a missile base deep in its mountainous interior near its border with China; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports.
Despite the request - which have at times been more along the lines of threats - the USA has maintained the crippling sanctions.
Also, the Congress appears to lack political imagination and has been unable to produce a powerful counter-narrative to the BJP. In the 90-seat assembly, the Congress, with 64 seats is way ahead of the 46 majority mark needed to form the government.
Otherwise, he added, the U.S. official has adopted an unprofessional, naïve, and meddlesome approach. Whether to exempt Iran from making any cuts was one sticking point in the meeting, said a delegate.
SkyCom's alleged sanctions breaches occurred from 2009 to 2014, while Meng's alleged fraudulent misrepresentations were in 2013. Dow futures slide after the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada; Doug McKelway reports from the White House.
His remarks renewed fears that the Fed may miscalculate and raise rates so high or so fast as to depress growth. The White House has now backpedaled, acknowledging there was no deal in place to roll back automotive tariffs.
After being spooked by the conflict, investors returned to buying following the long-awaited meeting between the two presidents. ANALYST'S TAKE: "Markets are reflecting a fragile truce between the US and China after an initial sigh of relief".
In detail, a Chinese court has ordered Apple to ban sales of some Apple iPhones which are violating the two Qualcomm patents. The filing points that the ban would force settle Apple's ongoing dispute with Qualcomm.
Enough Tory MPs have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest which will take place tonight. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street this morning, Mrs May said: "I will contest that vote with everything I have got".
This a sad story all the way around, and to know that this was planned out by criminals makes it even more disgusting and tragic. The Orange County Register says the vehicle they were in reportedly hit a rock on the road in the state of Yarucuy.
Mourinho has had his say on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool this week, jibing at them for having not won any trophies under the German. Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United require urgent changes if they are to return to the top of the Premier League .
Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne could both return to action as champions Manchester City face Everton this weekend. The impressive Leroy Sane picked up possession and played in Jesus, who fired a low shot underneath Pickford.
It looks like a cross between Fallout and Borderlands with an interesting new environment on the edge of space. For now, you can keep track of the game's progress by checking out its dedicated Steam store page .
May is expected to confirm the vote has been delayed in an oral statement to the House of Commons at 3.30pm. The pound sank amid the political uncertainty, hitting an 18-month low against the USA dollar of $1.2660.
The president and top opposition congressional leaders had been meant to hold a reassuring Oval Office photo-op. CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon chuckled together about "NanChuck" taking on Trump over the wall.
It's a tease of a battle brewing between Dany, the North, the Lannisters, and the Night King we expect to occur next season. To tide the show's millions of viewers over, HBO has released a first look at the season with a Fire and Ice trailer.
The defense, needing a quick stop, then forced a three-and-out, giving the offense the ball back at the Chargers' 40-yard line . Los Angeles was trailing 28-14 when they got a touchdown run from Justin Jackson with 3:49 left to go.
Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) signaled his willingness to join the Trump administration as White House chief of staff . Meadows now chairs the House Freedom Caucus, making him the most conservative choice of those likely to run.
Both the Japan Self-Defense Forces and Japan Coast Guard announced Tuesday that they'd halted their search efforts at 6 a.m. Every member of the III MEF family mourns this loss and stands alongside the families of the fallen in this bad moment.
Navarrete, an underdog against the London-based Ghanaian champion, made the most of his height and reach advantage. Of course, I still want two straps, so maybe next year we will fight with Mikey Garcia , - said Vasily.
He received a $4.6 million signing bonus from the A's with the expectation that this would be his last season on the gridiron. Through 13 games, the sophomore has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,353 yards and a school-record 37 touchdowns.
According to reports, the singer has been accused of sending indecent photographs to a 17-year-old girl, who hails from Brazil. In 2006, Rakhi Sawant filed a case against Mika for forcibly kissing her during her birthday celebrations in Mumbai.
The Falcons started 8-0 in his second season with the program and scored 38 or more points in each of those contests. Meyer ultimately was suspended for the Buckeyes' summer program and the first three games of the 2018 season.
Riyad Mahrez will be used often over the busy Christmas schedule, making it tough to determine how Guardiola will rotate his men. Leicester recorded their first home win in the league since September with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Watford .