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North Korea threatens to cancel planned summit with US

North Korea threatens to cancel planned summit with US

Reports emanating from North Korea has cast doubt on whether next month’s summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump would go ahead as planned.

According to North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang is considering a suspension of the summit because of US-South Korean military exercises, which it said threatened warming ties on the divided peninsula.

“This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula,” Yonhap quoted KCNA as saying.

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“The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities.”

Meanwhile, reports say North Korea has started dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, according to satellite pictures analysed by experts.

Washington will agree to lift sanctions on North Korea if the country completely dismantle its nuclear weapons programme, so says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

 

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