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North Korea claims 'alarm' at U.S. 'moves' to 'go back to the old' antagonism

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Saturday insisted his country is proceeding in good faith with leader Kim Jong Un's pledge to denuclearize, pushing back on Friday comments from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"The DPRK stands firm in its determination and commitment for implementing the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in a responsible and good-faith manner," he said, using an acronym for Democratic People's Republic of Korea. "What is alarming, however, is the insistent moves manifested within the U.S. to go back to the old, far from its leader's intention."

While President Trump has expressed complete optimism about Kim's denuclearization promise, Pompeo said Friday "we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for." Satellite images gathered earlier this week showed North Korea working on new ballistic missiles, as did a United Nations report obtained by CNN Friday.