North Korea's envoy to the UN has slammed the U.S. for making little progress in improving the relations between the two sides.
He insists the regime has made efforts for lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, but Washington is spoiling the atmosphere.
Kim Hyo-sun reports.
North Korea's ambassador to the UN, Kim Song, is pressing Washington to abide by the joint statement adopted by their leaders in Singapore last year.
Speaking in New York on Monday at a General Assembly meeting on the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kim claimed the U.S. is entirely to blame for the "vicious cycle of aggravated tension" being witnessed on the Korean Peninsula.
He also accused the South Korean government of engaging in "double-dealing behavior."
The envoy also said scant progress has been made in regards to the relationship between Pyeongyang and Washington due to political and military provocations perpetrated by the U.S.
He also told the 193-member General Assembly that Pyeongyang has made proactive efforts in good faith to establish lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
He explained the regime has refrained from testing nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles for more than 20 months.
However, acting IAEA Director General Cornel Feruta pointed out that the North's nuclear activities are still a cause for serious concern, and they clearly violate the UN Security Council resolutions.
He called on the North to comply with its UN obligations and cooperate promptly with the international nuclear watchdog.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.