Seoul: Following the imposition of sanctions on three of its officials, the North Korean state media here on Tuesday hit back at the United States for pressuring the South-Asian nation. Also Read - US Announces Reward of up to USD 5 Million For Information About 26/11 Mastermind

The US sanctions blacklisted top aides to North Korean leader, including Choe Ryong-hae, Vice Chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party, for their alleged involvement in human right violation. Also Read - For Big Tech, Joe Biden Brings A New Era But No Ease In Scrutiny By Marcon Gordon

Terming the sanctions as “hostile act”, the communist nation stated that the US is countering the goodwill partnership forged during the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June this year, reported Yonhap. Also Read - 'Don't Ever Talk to The President that Way': Donald Trump Snaps at Reporter Over Election Question | Watch

North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun also called the US allegations against North Korea an “intolerable political provocation.”

Furthermore, the US also froze the properties and interests of the North-Korean within the US and banned them from processing any transactions with the US citizens.

The sanctions imposed are the latest effort by the US to mount pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme and achieve denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula.