The June summit between the North Korean leader and the US president may not take place. Pyongyang threatens to cancel it if Washington continues to demand that it unilaterally renounce its nuclear arsenal.
Cited by the official KCNA agency, Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if the Donald Trump administration “puts us on the wall and unilaterally demands that we give up the nuclear weapon, we would not have more interest in discussions and we should reconsider whether to accept the upcoming summit between North Korea and the United States.”
Deputy Minister Kim Kye Gwan also strongly criticized US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who spoke of the “Libyan model” for denuclearization of North Korea.
This is a “very sinister attempt to subject North Korea to the fate of Libya and Iraq,” said Kim Kye Gwan.
“I can not hold back my anger at this American policy,” he added.
The White House demanded “the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea, in exchange for which it said it was ready to support the North Korean economy.
Meeting on denuclearization canceled
Earlier, North Korea canceled Wednesday’s meeting with its southern neighbor to protest the annual military exercise in which the South Korean and US armies are taking part.
Through his official KCNA agency, Kim Jong-un’s regime called the Max Thunder aerial maneuvers “provocative”.
“This exercise, which targets us, is a blatant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and a deliberate military provocation that runs counter to positive political developments on the Korean peninsula,” writes KCNA.
Wednesday’s talks were to follow the inter-Korean summit of 27 April .
“Kim Jong-un said earlier that he understood the need and the need for the United States and the Republic of Korea to continue their joint maneuvers,” US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said. a point of press.
“We have not heard from this government or the government of South Korea that we will not continue these exercises or that we will not continue to plan our meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un next month,” she added.
North Korea and China have for many years opposed the US military presence on the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang has long felt it needed nuclear weapons to defend itself against the United States.
The Korean peninsula is divided into two countries, demarcated by a demilitarized zone, since the cease-fire of 1953. The North and South Koreas are technically still at war.
At last week’s rare summit in the demilitarized zone, Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed their commitment to a “common goal”, the “total denuclearization” of the peninsula.