North Korea has denounced the latest US sanctions, saying they could “block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula forever”.
Washington said it put the sanctions on three top officials, after a report threw up a raft of human rights abuses.
A historic summit between the nations’ leaders this summer appeared to point the path towards better relations.
The period since then has seen North Korea engage both in angry exchanges and actions that have reduced tension.
There have been suggestions of a second leaders’ summit. Although President Donald Trump has indicated he is open to the idea he said this week that he was in no hurry.
What has North Korea said?
In a statement, the North Korean administration expressed “shock and indignation” at the new US sanctions.
The statement carried by the North Korean news agency KCNA accused the US state department of being “bent on bringing… relations back to the status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire”.
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