N. Korea Escalates Threat to Pull Out of Summit with US

North KoreaA?ai??i??ai???s sudden threat to pull out of the upcoming summit with the U.S. raises new doubts of whether a denuclearization deal is possible.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to meet with U.S President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12 to work out an agreement to end the NorthA?ai??i??ai???s nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and an end to punishing international sanctions.

But on Wednesday North KoreaA?ai??i??ai???s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Kwan released a statement through the state-run KCNA news agency that criticized A?ai??i??Ai??unbridled remarksA?ai??i??A? made specifically by the U.S. presidentA?ai??i??ai???s National Security Adviser John Bolton demanding that Pyongyang completely decommission its entire nuclear arsenal, along with its ballistic missile program and chemical weapons stockpile, before receiving any compensation or concessions.

He expressed A?ai??i??Ai??indignationA?ai??i??A? at the U.S uncompromising position and said North Korea might pull out of the Trump-Kim summit, unless the Trump administration acts with A?ai??i??Ai??sincerityA?ai??i??A? to improve relations through dialogue.

A?ai??i??Ai??If the United States is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the North Korea-U.S. summit,A?ai??i??A? the statement said.

The vice foreign minister also said it was A?ai??i??Ai??absolutely absurdA?ai??i??A? that Bolton would compare LibyaA?ai??i??ai???s experience dismantling its relatively rudimentary nuclear program as a model for dealing with the NorthA?ai??i??ai???s more advanced and expansive capabilities.

A?ai??i??ai???The vice ministerA?ai??i??ai???s remarks came shortly after the North abruptly canceled inter-Korean talks planned for Wednesday, citing ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the U.S.

Source : VOA


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