Seoul pushes for suc­cess­ful Trump-Kim talks; North warns

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - WEATHER -

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

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