ABC News is reporting that N. Korea is threatening to cancel the summit with Trump over military drills between S. Korea and the US:
ABC NEWS – North Korea is threatening to cancel its upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump over South Korea-U.S.military drills, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported, citing North Korean state media.
North Korea has also canceled high-level talks with South Korea that were scheduled for Wednesday local time over those same drills, according to Yonhap.
A former N. Korean diplomat says that N. Korea’s desire isn’t to completely denuclearize:
North Korea’s ultimate goal is to become a nuclear weapons state, a former North Korean diplomat said Monday, expressing skepticism over the possibility of the North eventually abandoning its nuclear weapons.
Thae Yong-ho, a former London-based North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korea with his family in 2016, made the remarks during a press conference in which he unveiled his autobiography detailing his decades of experience as a career diplomat for North Korea.
“It is too early to predict (with one month left before the U.S.-North Korea summit), but I think the North will move toward sufficient, verifiable, irreversible dismantling, which is to sufficiently reduce threats from nuclear weapons, rather than seek complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID),” he told reporters.
“The final destination that the North is headed for is not to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program but become a nuclear weapons state covered by the paper called denuclearization,” he added.
So who knows where this goes, but it sounds like some wrenches are already being thrown in the process.
CNN says Trump is preparing a response to this threat, and we’ll bring that to you as soon as we get it.