Seoul pushes for successful Trump-Kim talks; North warns
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA » North Korea strongly criticized South Korea over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Thursday and said it will not return to talks with its rival until Seoul resolves its grievances.
The comments came a day after North Korea canceled a high-level meeting with the South because of the drills and threatened to scrap next month’s historic meeting between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it has no interest in a “one-sided” affair meant to pressure it to abandon its nuclear weapons.
The North’s threat cooled what had been an unusual flurry of diplomatic moves from a country. It also underscored South Korea’s delicate role as an intermediary between the U.S. and North Korea and raised questions over Seoul’s claim that Kim has a genuine interest in dealing away his nukes. Analysts said it’s unlikely that North Korea intends to scuttle all diplomacy.
— The Associated Press