North Korea’s foreign minister plans to visit Iran on Tuesday as both nations face renewed U.S. sanctions due to their nuclear programs.
Pyongyang’s Ri Yong Ho will arrive in Tehran just as new sanctions from Washington kick in against Iran, Channel News Asia reported. On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the world to maintain “diplomatic and economic pressure” on North Korea to achieve “the final, fully verified denuclearization.”
In response, Ri criticized the U.S. for “raising its voice louder” against North Korea despite an agreement made between strongman Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump in June after a face-to-face meeting in Singapore. At the summit, Kim promised to work toward full denuclearization, but intelligence reports suggested that North Korea has continued its nuclear program since the meeting.