North Korea says it has no interest in meeting the US if the summit is based on “one-sided” demands to give up nuclear weapons.
First vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said that if Donald Trump’s administration “corners us and unilaterally demands we give up nuclear weapons we will no longer have an interest in talks and will have to reconsider whether we will accept the upcoming DPRK-US summit”.
Speaking to the state KCNA news agency, he said the fate of the summit and relations between the two countries “would be clear” if Washington spoke of a Libya-style denuclearisation for the North.
US President Donald Trump would remain as a “failed president” if he followed in the steps of his predecessors, the statement added.
The words come just hours after North Korea announced it was scrapping high-level talks with South Korea, blaming the South’s coming military drills with the US.
It is not clear what exactly seems to have derailed plans for the US-North Korea summit, which had been planned for 12 June in Singapore.
But the news will be frustrating for Mr Trump, who had promised to make the meeting a “very special moment for world peace”.
Reacting to the earlier news of the postponing of the North Korea – South Korea talks, a US State Department spokesman had said they had no information from the North about any threat to the summit between Mr Trump and Mr Kim, and said the department continues to plan for the meeting.