North Korea said it was ending talks with South Korea, and a confusing statement from the country’s state news agency strongly suggested that the drills threatened the fate of the historic summit.
“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,” North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency said in a statement first reported by the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea.
The North Korean news agency said the drills between the South Korean and U.S. air forces are an “intentional military provocation” to undermine recent diplomatic talks.
It’s important to remember that President Trump is nothing like Obama and that he achieved his lastest goals by not giving in or giving up. We don’t expect Trump to bend to Un’s ‘demands’ because the deal benefits Un’s failing nation far too much.
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a Tuesday briefing that they had not received any “formal or even informal notification of anything,” and are continuing to plan the summit.
“I will say that Kim Jong Un had said previously that he understands the need and the utility of the United States and the Republic of Korea continuing in its joint exercises. They’re exercises that are legal, and they’re planned well, well in advance,” Nauert said. “We have not heard anything from that government or the government of South Korea to indicate that we would not continue conducting these exercises or that we would not continue planning for our meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un next month.”
She also added that the exercises are “certainly not provocative.”
U.S. B-52 bombers, however, may not participate in a U.S.-based air drill, according to a Yonhap News report.
A statement from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Tuesday said the White House was “aware of the South Korean media report” and that the U.S. “will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”
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