North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong ho told the United Nations that continued sanctions on Pyongyang were deepening its mistrust in the United States.
China and Russia have said the U.N. Security Council should reward Pyongyang for steps taken after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.
Ri said the perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe-dream of the people who are ignorant about us. But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust.
He said that North Korea had taken "significant good-will measures such as stopping nuclear and ICBM tests, dismantling the nuclear test site in a transparent manner and affirming not to transfer nuclear weapons and nuclear technology under any circumstances."