A senior North Korean diplomat has denied that Pyongyang is cooperating with South Korea’s government, calling it a “fantasy” that Pyongyang will comply with Seoul’s sanctions.
“North Korea does not cooperate with the government of the Republic of Korea,” Jang Yong-ho told reporters in Seoul on Wednesday.
“If we are forced to cooperate, we will do so.
I would say we are just a fantasy.”
Jang also accused the South of being “delusional” and said Pyongyang will “do whatever it needs to do to defend its sovereignty” should Seoul continue to try to pressure it.
Seoul has said it has no intention of stepping back from its plans to impose sanctions on North Korea as long as Kim Jong Un’s regime continues to threaten it with a nuclear war.
Severe sanctions have been imposed on North Korean assets in the past year, targeting banks, trading companies and state-owned enterprises.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in April that Seoul was willing to impose additional sanctions on the North.