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North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim talks

IANS  |  Pyongyang 

on Wednesday threatened to abandon planned talks between leader and US in June if continued to insist on pushing it "into a corner" on nuclear disarmament, said.

A statement published by the state-run Korea (KCNA) said would never accept economic assistance from the US in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear program, reported.

Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea's of on Foreign Affairs said the US has said "it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon (nuclear weapons)".

"We have never had any expectation of US support in carrying out our economic construction and will not... make such a deal in future," he added.

"If they try to push us into a corner and force only unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in that kind of talks and will have to reconsider...the upcoming summit."

South Korean Foreign spoke with US earlier on Wednesday (time).

According to a statement, Pompeo was quoted as saying that preparations would continue for the Trump-Kim summit, "keeping in mind this action of the North", reported.

The two have agreed to continue close cooperation to achieve a complete denuclearisation and peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean statement said.

The statement also referred to comments made by Trump's about being a potential model for North Korean denuclearisation.

Bolton's comments, Kim said, were indicative of "an awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of or which had been collapsed due to yielding the whole of their countries to big powers", the reported.

"It is absolutely absurd to dare compare (North Korea), a nuclear weapon state, to which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development," he added.

"World knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor which have met miserable fate."

After weeks of improving ties on the Korean Peninsula, capped by the dramatic image of Kim shaking hands with South Korean Moon Jae-in, things took a sudden step backwards on Wednesday.

In a missive delivered to the South in the early hours during the day, the North said it was suspending high-level talks scheduled for Wednesday in view of "provocative military disturbances with "

North Korea's anger, which took both and off guard, came as the two allies were conducting annual "Max Thunder" air force drills, which has always objected to in the past and accused of destabilising the situation on the Peninsula, the CNN reported.

In a statement, said it was regrettable that the North unilaterally postponed the talks due to the annual (South Korea-US) joint air combat drills.

"Such action by the North is inconsistent with the fundamental spirit and purpose of the Panmunjeom Declaration agreed by the South and North leaders on April 27," it added.

An earlier report said the Max Thunder 2018 air combat drill was against the declaration -- signed last month between the Koreas -- wherein they agreed to cease all hostile acts against each other, the CNN reported.

In March though, had said the drill were necessary it understood.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 10:08 IST
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