North cancels inter-Korean talks, threatens U.S. summit

Asia Times Online reports: “North Korea cast doubt on Wednesday morning on whether it would attend its first ever leaders’ summit with the United States on June 12, citing the South Korea-US ‘Max Thunder’ aerial warfare exercises.

It also took strong issue with Washington’s demands for denuclearization on the Libyan model, suggesting that these demands might also cause it to scrap the summit.

In addition, Pyongyang canceled high-level inter-Korean talks set to take place on Wednesday, which would have started the implementation process of last month’s ‘Panmunjom Declaration’ signed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The vice-ministerial talks, scheduled for the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, would have been the first to be held since the April 27 inter-Korean summit.

A statement by the state-run Korean Central News Agency said the Max Thunder exercise was ‘a bid to make a pre-emptive air strike at the DPRK and win the air.’ Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the official name for North Korea…”

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