SEOUL — North Korean officials now say their country has no interest in a summit with United States President Donald Trump if it’s based on ‘one-sided’ demands to give up nuclear weapons.
The Korean Central News Agency, a state-run media organization, said President Trump will ‘remain as failed leader’ if he follows in the footsteps of ‘previous U.S. presidents’—saying they reject a ‘Libya-style’ denuclearization effort.
BREAKING NEWS: North Korea says will need to reconsider summit with U.S. if Washington insists on North giving up nuclear program. – Reuters
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Earlier Tuesday, the country cancelled planned high-level talks with South Korean officials over U.S./South Korean military drills.
“The United States must carefully contemplate the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit amid the provocative military ruckus that it’s causing with South Korean authorities,” the North said Wednesday. “We’ll keenly monitor how the United States and South Korean authorities will react.”
“We will continue to go ahead and plan the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
The planned future meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un is set to take place on June 12, 2018 in Singapore.