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North Korea threatens to cancel US summit: KCNA

AFP  |  Seoul 

North threatened today to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader and if seeks to push into giving up its nuclear arsenal.

If the "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-US summit", Gwan said in a statement carried by the official agency.

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

At a summit with the South's Moon Jae-in last month, reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearisation of the But the phrase is a diplomatic euphemism open to interpretation on both sides.

"We already expressed our willingness for a denuclearised and repeatedly declared that the US must end its hostile DPRK policy and nuclear threats as preconditions," the Kim said.

In the past, has demanded the withdrawal of the US troops stationed in the South to protect it from its neighbour, and an end to Washington's nuclear umbrella over its security ally.

Gwan also blasted US John Bolton, who has spoken of a "Libyan model" for North Korean denuclearisation.

It was a "highly sinister attempt to enforce the fate of and upon the DPRK," Kim said.

"I cannot suppress anger over this US move and it is doubtful whether the US really wants to improve ties with the DPRK through dialogue and negotiation."

The North has long said it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against a US invasion. After giving up his atomic programme, Libyan leader was killed in an uprising backed by NATO bombing.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 08:50 IST