North Korea Threatens To Cancel Trump Summit Over Nuclear Weapon Demands
North Korea has thrown weeks of diplomatic progress into doubt by stating it has no interest in a summit with the US if it is based on “one-sided” demands to give up nuclear weapons.
The statement by Kim Kye Gwan on Wednesday came hours after the North abruptly cancelled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to do the same with a planned summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on 12 June.
Kim Kye Gwan criticised recent comments by Trump’s top security adviser John Bolton and other US officials who have been talking about how the North should follow the “Libyan model” of nuclear disarmament and provide a “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement”.
He said: “We will appropriately respond to the Trump administration if it approaches the North Korea-US summit meeting with a truthful intent to improve relations.
“But we are no longer interested in a negotiation that will be all about driving us into a corner and making a one-sided demand for us to give up our nukes and this would force us to reconsider whether we would accept the North Korea-US summit meeting.”