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President Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the DMZ in North Korea. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea's mission to the United Nations said in a statement on Wednesday the U.S. is "obsessed with sanctions" and "more and more hell-bent on hostile acts."

The big picture: Pyongyang's delegation to the U.N. made the comments despite Sunday's meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at which they agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks and a top U.S negotiator signaling flexibility in negotiations.

Context: The representatives made the comments in response to a U.S. accusation that North Korea breached a cap on refined petroleum imports and a letter dated June 29, sent by the United States, France, the U.K. and Germany to all UN member states calling on them to implement sanctions against Pyongyang, Reuters notes.

"What can’t be overlooked is the fact that this joint letter game was carried out by the permanent mission of the United States to the U.N. under instruction of the State Department, on the very same day when President Trump proposed for the summit meeting."
— North Korea's mission to the United Nations' statement

Go deeper: In photos: Trump and Kim hold historic meeting

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8 Senate Democrats vote against adding $15 minimum wage to COVID relief

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Eight Democratic senators on Friday voted against Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to ignore a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian and add a $15 minimum wage provision to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

The state of play: The vote was held open for hours on Friday afternoon — even after every senator had voted — due to a standoff in negotiations over the next amendments that the Senate will take up.

CDC: Easing mask mandates led to higher COVID cases and deaths

Customer at a supermarket chain in Austin, Texas. Montinique Monroe/Getty Images

Easing mask restrictions and on-site dining have increased COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to a study out Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The report's findings converge with actions from governors this week easing mask mandates and announcing plans to reopen nonessential businesses like restaurants.