North Korea-US summit in doubt as North Korea threatens to cancel

17 May 2018

North Korea-US summit in doubt as North Korea threatens to cancel

US President Donald Trump has made a cautionary warning on Wednesday after North Korea threatened to pull out of the summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

Pyongyang’s state news agency KCNA reported on early Wednesday that the US should carefully consider the fate of the upcoming meeting, after the US engaged in “provocative military disturbances with South Korea.”

The threat comes after North Korea suspended talks with South Korea because of a joint military drill conducted by South Korea and the US.

“We are aware of the South Korean media report. The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said as reports were still emerging, “We have not heard anything from that Government or the Government of South Korea to indicate that we would not continue conducting these exercises or that we would not continue planning for our meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un next month.”

Mr Trump said the US Government had not received any official word of changes to the summit from Pyongyang.

“We haven’t been notified at all. We’ll have to see,” the US President said in the Oval Office. “We haven’t seen anything. We haven’t heard anything. We will see what happens. Whatever it is, it is.”

Ms Sanders also said that the Trump administration was “still hopeful” that the summit would take place.

She said Mr Trump was “ready for very tough negotiations”, adding “if they want to meet, we’ll be ready and if they don’t that’s okay”.