North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S

President Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone on June 30

President Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone on June 30

North Korea on Tuesday warned that US-South Korea military drills to be held next month "will affect" proposed working-level nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

The United States' decision to forge ahead with drills less than a month after Trump and Kim last met is "clearly a breach" of the two leaders' agreements made in Singapore a year ago, and is an "an undisguised pressure" on North Korea, the foreign ministry spokesman said.

The European Union has renewed sanctions on North Korea in response to the latter's nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs, a statement from the United States council said.

North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime US-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion.

It says U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to suspend military drills with South Korea during his first and third meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

According to the Washington Post, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said that its decision to not conduct nuclear tests was "not a legal document inscribed on paper". At their first meeting in Singapore a year ago, Trump agreed to cancel major exercises with South Korea to avoid provoking Pyongyang.

It added, "With the USA unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justification to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S". The negotiations are expected in coming weeks.

Trump kick-started talks between the two countries when he met with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Korea and became the first sitting president to step into North Korea.

"Our discontinuation of the nuclear and ICBM tests and the USA suspension of joint military exercises are, to all its intents and purposes, commitments made to improve bilateral relations". North Korea wants widespread relief from harsh USA -led sanctions in return for pledging to give up parts of its weapons program, but the United States is demanding greater steps toward disarmament before it agrees to relinquish the leverage provided by the sanctions.

The ministry said it hopes that talks between North Korea and the USA will resume soon.

North Korea has long criticized U.S.

She said USA and South Korean troops continued to train together, but had adjusted the size, scope, number and timing of exercises in order to "harmonize" training programs with diplomatic efforts.

The United States wants North Korea to take concrete steps toward denuclearization before it is willing to ease sanctions that limit Pyongyang's trade.

Washington has previously insisted on North Korea's complete denuclearisation as a condition for lifting punishing U.S. sanctions.