The long-anticipated summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is uncertain after a North Korean warning published on the KCNA.
Pyongyang has canceled a high-level talk with Seoul and cast doubt about the scheduled summit with the U.S. President in Singapore.
After a ‘successful’ summit among the Korean leaders, the international community was waiting for the summit in Singapore.
The U.S. President Trump, after uncertainty cast over the summit by Pyongyang, said “we will have to see” if the planned summit will go ahead.
Asked several questions on North Korea, including if the summit is still on, President Trump just now says, “We have to see. We haven’t heard anything….”
Is Kim bluffing? “We’ll see what happens.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 16, 2018
As Washington insists on North Korea to follow the Libya model in terms of giving up the nuclear weapons, the North Korean regime is apparently reluctant to follow the Libyan model.
The summit in Singapore, however, was presumed to be one of the signature achievement of Trump administration as the Trump supported chanted for “Nobel” for Donald Trump recently in a rally.
— POLITICO (@politico) May 17, 2018
The North Korean latest move has thus come as a major blow for the current administration as the future of the summit itself appears to be in turmoil.
A statement by Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs reads: “If the US 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 … summit.”
KCNA, the official news agency of North Korea, has also cast doubt over the next months’ scheduled summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump.
Reporter: Is the North Korea summit still on?
President Trump: "We haven't been notified at all. We'll have to see. We haven't seen anything. We haven't heard anything. We will see what happens." pic.twitter.com/NZTvoipWzN
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 16, 2018
KCNA said: “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 political development on the Korean Peninsula.”
Trying to understand why Kim Jong Un’s threatening to break off talks with the US. Did Trump cheat with a younger, hotter Korea?
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) May 17, 2018
KCNA added: “The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities.”
Meanwhile, the White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said, “the president is ready if the meeting takes place.” She added: “If it doesn’t, we’ll continue the maximum pressure campaign that’s been ongoing.”