NKorea suspends talks with South, threatens to cancel United States summit

South Korea says military drills will go on

An unexpected series of threats from the enclosed Stalinist state threatened to nix next month's planned summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and sink White House hopes of a spectacular foreign policy success.

On Wednesday, the North also threatened to cancel the unprecedented summit with the US if it comes under continued pressure to "unilaterally" abandon its nuclear program. "And if it doesn't, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing", Sanders said.

This development comes days after North Korea released three American detainees to Secretary of State Pompeo on his second visit to the isolated regime in weeks, and President Trump announcing that the highly anticipated summit with Kim Jong Un will be held in Singapore on June 12.

"We must show strength and fortitude by continuing these military exercises - we will do just that", he said.

"The president is ready if the meeting takes place".

Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea's First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted in the article as saying the U.S. said "it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon (nuclear weapons)".

In contrast to previous years, the US and South Korea have taken a low-key approach to their joint military exercises and limited their duration and scope during the apparent thaw with North Korea, which is expected to lead to the summit between Trump and Kim on June 12 in Singapore.

South Korea says military drills will go on
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Trump will host South Korean President Moon at a summit at the White House on May 22, and the two are expected to discuss the upcoming U.S.

KCNA said the North objected to the U.S. He rejected Mr. Bolton's reference to Libya as a template for North Korea, saying that the "world knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq, which have met miserable fates". Asked if he will still insist on the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, Trump said, "Yes".

Reacting to the reports from Pyongyang, the White House said it was "still hopeful" the summit will proceed despite North Korea's threat to cancel it.

South Korea and the USA will be making a serious mistake if they believe they can get away with their "war rehearsals" in light of the North's recent efforts to improve relations with the South and hold talks with the US, it warned.

Pyongyang also raised hopes ahead of the United States summit by announcing it will destroy its nuclear testing site next week. "It's what the North Koreans do and it's, the question is whether this really is a sign that they're not taking our objective of denuclearization seriously", he said.

"We will continue to plan the meeting", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

She also added that the exercises are "certainly not provocative".

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