NKorea threatens to cancel Trump summit over US nuke demands

Photo: Photo: AP The planned June summit is in jeopardy because of US and South Korea's military exercises.

A senior North Korean official warned on 16 May that Pyongyang may cancel the summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump scheduled for 12 June in Singapore, if it is going to be pushed into giving up its nuclear arsenal.

A senior North Korean official warned on 16 May that Pyongyang may cancel the summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump scheduled for 12 June in Singapore, if it is going to be pushed into giving up its nuclear arsenal.
“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 DPRK-US summit,” Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the formal name of North Korea.
Kim accused the White House and the US State Department of attempting to turn North Korea into another Libya with its insistence on “abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterwards”. The official was referring to comments by Trump's hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, in March, that the administration is “looking at the Libya model” for its North Korea negotiations. Libya's then-leader Mua­mmar Gadhafi agreed in 2003 to give up and dismantle his nuclear and chemical weapons programmes in order to be removed from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism and normalise relations with the United States, but in 2012 Gadhafi was beaten and killed in a rebellion supported by a NATO bombing campaign.
Kim declared that North Korea was already a nuclear-capable state, unlike Libya, and that preconditions for denuclearisation would be “to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States”.
The news came hours after the North cancelled a high-level meeting with South Korean officials that was scheduled for last Wednesday, citing a joint military exercise as the reason. In its earlier statement, KCNA claimed that the US and South Korea's joint air drill, which began on 18 May, was “a bid to make a pre-emptive airstrike at the DPRK and win the air”.

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