N. Korea Threat­ens to Can­cel U.S. Sum­mit


PYONGYANG (Dis­patches) - North Korea threat­ened Wed­nes­day to can­cel the forth­com­ing sum­mit be­tween leader Kim Jong Un and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump if Wash­ing­ton seeks to push Pyongyang into giv­ing up its nu­clear ar­se­nal.

If the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion “corners us and uni­lat­er­ally de­mands we give up nu­clear weapons we will no longer have an in­ter­est in talks and will have to re­con­sider whether we will ac­cept the up­com­ing DPRK-U.S. sum­mit”, first vice for­eign min­is­ter Kim Kye Gwan said in a state­ment car­ried by the of­fi­cial KCNA news agency.

Wash­ing­ton is press­ing for Pyongyang’s com­plete, ver­i­fi­able and ir­re­versible de­nu­cle­ariza­tion. But so far the North has not given any pub­lic in­di­ca­tion of what con­ces­sions it is of­fer­ing.

At a sum­mit with the South’s Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in last month, Kim Jong Un reaf­firmed his com­mit­ment to the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean penin­sula.

But the phrase is a diplo­matic eu­phemism open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion on both sides.

“We al­ready ex­pressed our will­ing­ness for a de­nu­cle­arized Korean penin­sula and re­peat­edly de­clared that the U.S. must end its hos­tile DPRK pol­icy and nu­clear threats as pre­con­di­tions,” the min­is­ter Kim said.

In the past, Pyongyang has de­manded the with­drawal of the U.S. troops sta­tioned in the South to pro­tect it from its neigh­bor, and an end to Wash­ing­ton’s nu­clear um­brella over its se­cu­rity ally.

Kim Kye Gwan also blasted U.S. National Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor John Bolton, who has spo­ken of a “Libyan model” for North Korean de­nu­cle­ariza­tion.

It was a “highly sin­is­ter at­tempt to en­force the fate of Libya and Iraq upon the DPRK,” Kim said.

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