North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday, 16 May due to US-South Korean military exercises and warned that a summit next month between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency called the US-South Korean “Max Thunder” air combat drills, which it said involved US stealth fighters and B-52 bombers, a “provocation” that went against the trend of warming North-South ties.
“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.”
Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department said it had no information from North Korea about threat to cancel the summit and that it continued to plan for that meeting.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
He has raised expectations for a successful meeting even as many analysts have been skeptical of the chances of bridging the gap due to questions about North Korea’s willingness to give up a nuclear arsenal that now threatens the United States.