The action against the two organizations, named Security Secretariat of the Ministry of State 7 and Correctional Secretariat of the Ministry of Popular Security, is part of the first sanctions under Britain’s new global human rights regime.
A North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said: “Britain’s latest action is a flagrant political conspiracy to jump the wave of US enemy politics.
“We strongly condemn and reject the UK’s boldness to impose sanctions on institutions responsible for the security of our country as violent interference in domestic affairs.”
The sanctions will take the form of asset freezes.
North Korea and the United States have failed to compromise North Korea’s nuclear weapons program or international sanctions imposed on Pyongyang.
Recent North Korean statements, including one by Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, reiterated Pyongyang’s objections to what they see as hostile and selfish US policies.
Despite the collapse of relations, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was “very hopeful” about resuming negotiations with North Korea and appears to leave open the possibility of another summit among country leaders, despite Pyongyang say you have no intention of returning. for negotiations.
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Ending three days of negotiations in Seoul, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun dismissed speculation that he was looking to meet North Korean officials during his visit, but said the United States was open to negotiations.
Amid the long-standing efforts by the United States to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, Pompeo said the United States continued its efforts to re-establish dialogue with Pyongyang, but declined to provide details.
He said: “We are very hopeful that we can continue to have this conversation, either at levels below the summit or if it is appropriate and if there is useful activity to be done, for senior leaders to come together as well.
“As for who and how, at the moment, I just don’t want to talk about it today.”
U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim met for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, raising hopes for a negotiated end to North Korea’s nuclear program.
But its second summit, in 2019 in Vietnam, and later labor-level negotiations, collapsed.
Trump said on Tuesday that he was open for another meeting with Kim and thought it might be useful.
But North Korea, apparently frustrated that there was no sign of punishment against the sanctions, said in recent weeks that it had no intention of meeting again with the United States.