Teeter-totter summit for Trump, Kim

Teeter-totter summit for Trump, Kim

Teeter-totter summit for Trump, Kim

"If we show weakness, if the minute Kim Jong-un threatens we go along, he will continue to take advantage of us".

North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt on Wednesday, saying it might not attend if Washington continues to demand that it unilaterally abandon its nuclear weapons.

Trump maintains the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore is on track, despite the North's threat on Wednesday to cancel over concerns about the USA push to see the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

A statement from North Korea's state-run KCNA said the Max Thunder Air Force exercises, which started last Friday, are a "bid to take a pre-emptive strike" and a provocation.

"While reaffirming their stance that the declaration.must be carried out without any disruption, the members agreed to continue consulting with the North side to hold the high-level talks at an early date", the committee said in a statement.

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On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that "we will see" when asked whether the summit was still on.

The United States has insisted on complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and the facilities needed to build the weapons as soon as possible.

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

She said the model that would be followed in dealing with North Korea was "the President Trump model".

North Korea has said it is not interested in a "one-sided" meeting where the country would be the only party expected to make concessions, including denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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According to USA state Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, Kim Jong-UN understands and is aware of the significance of such a military exercise for the United States. After announcing early Wednesday that it was pulling out of high-level talks with Seoul because of a new round of U.S.

Kim Kye Gwan, a vice foreign minister and a top North Korea disarmament negotiator, said the regime was disappointed by recent comments from the USA on their goals for the summit, according to a statement published on Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

Experts said the demands were standard operating procedure for Pyongyang.

The statement came just hours after North Korea said it was suspending talks with South Korea, citing ongoing joint military drills on the Korean peninsula by the USA and South Korea.

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