N. Korea Escalates Threat to Pull Out of Summit with US
Thursday, 17 May 2018 01:31 WIB |
North Korea™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 North™s nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees and an end to punishing international sanctions.
But on Wednesday North Korea™s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Kwan released a statement through the state-run KCNA news agency that criticized œunbridled remarks made specifically by the U.S. president™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 œindignation at the U.S uncompromising position and said North Korea might pull out of the Trump-Kim summit, unless the Trump administration acts with œsincerity to improve relations through dialogue.
œIf 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, the statement said.
The vice foreign minister also said it was œabsolutely absurd that Bolton would compare Libya™s experience dismantling its relatively rudimentary nuclear program as a model for dealing with the North™s more advanced and expansive capabilities.
‹The vice minister™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