Kim threatens to cancel US summit over war games

  • Kim threatens to cancel US summit over war games

Kim threatens to cancel US summit over war games

North Korea's warning came hours after it abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest U.S.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration was "still hopeful " that the planned summit with North Korea would take place. "The president's fully prepared and fully ready to carry on in these conversations both leading up to and if the meeting takes place", she said.

The official news agency said "Public opinions at home and overseas comment that the manoeuvre is the largest-ever and a reflection of the invariable stand of the USA and South Korea to persist in the "maximum pressure and sanctions" against the DPRK (North Korea)".

April 21: North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site as part of a shift in its national focus to improving the economy.

In that case, he added, Pyongyang would have to "reconsider" its participation at next month's summit in Singapore.

A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the U.S. in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear programme. North Korea sees them as particularly threatening to its security and the drills as a rehearsal for invasion.

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The US is pressing North Korea for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, but so far the North has not given any public indication of what concessions it is offering. "NO-BEL" during a portion of his speech about the North Korean summit.

North Korea has long said it is open to eventually giving up its nuclear arsenal if the United States withdraws its troops from South Korea and ends its "nuclear umbrella" security alliance with Seoul, though South Korean officials have said the North may be willing to compromise. Then, the North issued a statement that if the USA demands that the regime dismantle its nuclear arsenal before the summit, then there will be no summit.

"The situation on the peninsula has eased up, which is worth cherishing", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing on Wednesday.

"We'll have to see", Mr Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if the summit was still on.

Just last week, Trump - alluding to the mere fact that he had scheduled a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, who he recently described as "very honorable" despite his record of flagrant, brutal human rights abuses - floated himself as a Nobel Peace Prize candidate. "But we're planning ahead for our meetings".

Some analysts said bringing up Libya, which dismantled its rudimentary nuclear program in the 2000s in exchange for sanctions relief, would risk derailing any progress in negotiations with the North.

So is hope for successful talks with North Korea now dead in the water?