North Korea Threatens To Pull Out Of Summit With US

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

THE US is still hopeful about a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but President Donald Trump is prepared for a tough negotiation process, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

Clouds gather over upcoming North Korea-United States summit as the reclusive nation threatened to cancel the much-anticipated summit, if Washington unilaterally pushes Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear arsenal. "We will see what happens, whatever is", Trump told reporters as he welcomed the president of Uzbekistan to the White House.

Other officials, however, insisted that they were taking North Korea's warnings in stride, noting that Mr. Kim, not Mr. Trump, had sought the meeting.

"We're going to continue with the campaign of maximum pressure if that's the case", Sanders said.

The groundbreaking agreement for Kim and Trump to meet came about as North Korea said it was committed to denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

"The president is ready if the meeting takes place".

Both Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have said the US wants North Korea's "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation".

North Korea's official news agency KCNA, Pyongyang cited the ongoing military exercise between the USA and South Korea as a reason behind the threat to cancel the Trump-Kim summit.

"The president is ready if the meeting takes place", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told United States broadcaster Fox News.

A North Korean official also criticized U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, whom the regime has referred to as "human scum" in the past when he worked under the Bush Administration.

South Korea and the USA will be making a serious mistake if they believe they can get away with their "war rehearsals" in light of the North's recent efforts to improve relations with the South and hold talks with the US, it warned.

"We haven't been notified at all", Trump said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has met Kim twice over the last two months, as Beijing warms to its Cold War-era ally following a chill in relations. In return USA would aid North Korean economy by lifting sanctions and allowing private capital to flow into the country.

The exercises were "not provocative" and would continue, she added.

While North Korea did not object to another set of of annual exercises that took place this spring, in March and April, the scale of Max Thunder and the bombers amid peace talks invites particular ire.

"This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive development on the Korean Peninsula", the KCNA article stated.

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