> North Korea said its intention to denuclearize is not the result of US-led sanctions and pressure. The statement Sunday flies in the face of US President Donald Trump's recent claims of credit for historic diplomatic developments between North and South. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula last month.
And US President Donald Trump on Friday said a date had been set for him to meet with Kim Jong-un.>> We are in constant contact with North Korea. We've actually worked out a time and a place, which will be announced shortly.>> Where? South Korea's President Moon said Trump deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the stand-off between the countries.
But North Korea's official KCNA News Agency said Washington was, quote, misleading public opinion by claiming developments were the result of US-led sanctions. North Korea has been hit by a series of US and United Nations sanctions in recent years in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.>> There's enormous diplomatic effort to continue to keep the pressure on North Korea and bring them to the negotiating table to a place where we can successfully eliminate the threat from Kim Jong-un's nuclear arsenal.
>> North Korea on Sunday cautioned Washington not to misread Pyongyang's peace-loving intention as a sign of weakness, and warned the US not to provoke the north by deploying military assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues.>> But I think a lot of great things will happen, but troops are not on the table, absolutely.
Thank you very much.>> Trump plans to meet with Kim in coming weeks, and on Friday said he will maintain sanctions and pressure on the North.