North Korea has canceled a summit with South Korea and has threatened to call off a summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un over American military drills with South Korea, according to South Korean media reports.
North Korea’s state-run Central News Agency said the ongoing joint military drills between the U.S. and South Korea are a “provocation” and a preparation for an invasion, Reuters and South Korean news outlet Yonhap reported.
The move comes as U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an unprecedented summit.
Yonhap and the Associated Press reported that North Korea is also threatening to cancel the talks with the U.S., currently scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, because of the joint military exercises.
Equity markets, which were already declining, ticked further down briefly following the news, while spot gold prices received a slight boost.
Jong-un had scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site to take place between May 23-25, North Korean media reported on Saturday.
The report comes hours after Seoul and Pyongyang agreed on Tuesday to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on May 16. The leaders were planning to discuss steps needed to follow the plan of the peninsula’s denuclearization.
Wednesday’s now suspended talks were to include a 29-strong delegation from North Korea led by Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the ‘Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country’ along with a five-member South Korean delegation, led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon.
The Max Thunder drills are one of a number of joint military drills carried out by South Korea and the US in the Korean peninsula. North Korea has long viewed these drills as a show of aggression towards Pyongyang.
The two-week Max Thunder air force drills kicked off on Friday, with over 100 planes taking part, including F-22 fighters and B-52 bombers, Yonhap reported last week.
“Through this practical exercise, the air forces of South Korea and the U.S. plan to improve aerial operations techniques,” an anonymous South Korean official told Yonhap.
North Korea has a reputation of behaving badly for decades. Knowing that the former President Obama was soft and was all talk but no action, the North Korean leader Kim Jong is taking some wrong steps apparently thinking that it will be the same with our new president Donald Trump.
But what happens when Donald Trump proves to be all action?
Do you think that this kind of provocation will cause President Trump to respond?
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