The recent US extension of sanctions against North Korea was an act of hostility, Pyongyang’s state media said on Wednesday.

Iran press/Asia: The recent US extension of sanctions against North Korea was an act of hostility and an outright challenge to an historic summit between the two countries in Singapore last year, a spokesman for Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

The White House last week extended six executive orders containing sanctions imposed over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs by one year, reported Reuters.

The unidentified North Korean foreign ministry spokesman denounced US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks on Sunday that more than 80 percent of the North Korean economy has been affected by sanctions.

The spokesman also accused Washington of "viciously slandering" Pyongyang in its latest reports on human trafficking and religious freedom around the world.

“This is ... a manifestation of the most extreme hostile acts by the United States,” the spokesman said in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency. “All these speak clearly to the fact that the wild dream of the United States to bring us to our knees by means of sanctions and pressure has not changed at all but grows even more undisguised,” he added.

Earlier on June 5, Pyongyang once again urged Washington to reflect upon the 'correct strategic choice' to resume talks before its patience wears down.101/203

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