N. Korea Cancels High-level Talks, Threatens to Scrap US Summit

Write : 2018-05-16 08:00:22 Update : 2018-05-16 10:49:57

N. Korea Cancels High-level Talks, Threatens to Scrap US Summit

North Korea abruptly cancelled high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday and threatened to scrap a planned summit with the U.S. over ongoing military exercises between Seoul and Washington. 

Seoul's Unification Ministry said it was informed of the meeting's "indefinite postponement" just after midnight in a notice sent by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, which handles relations with the South. 

The North's state media Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) cited the Max Thunder drills between the South Korean and U.S. air forces as the reason for the surprise decision. 

The KCNA called the two-week-long drills, which kicked off Friday and include about 100 aircraft, an "intended military provocation" and an "apparent challenge" to the Panmunjeom Declaration made at the April inter-Korean summit, where the leaders of the two countries agreed to reduce military tensions. 

Blaming South Korea for the cancelled meeting, the North also called into question whether next month's summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump can go ahead as planned.

The KCNA said that Washington must carefully contemplate the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit amid the provocative military ruckus that it's causing with South Korea, adding the North will keenly monitor how U.S. and South Korean authorities react.

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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