North Korea Reportedly Threatens to Cancel Summit With Trump Over US Military Drills With South Korea (UPDATE)
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 15, 2018
The June 12 summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is now on the rocks.
According to Yonhap News Agency — the official news agency of South Korea — North Korea is cancelling planned talks with South Korea due to ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. According to Yonhap, North Korean state media is claiming that the North views the exercises as a “rehearsal for invasion” of North Korea. And as such, the talks with the U.S. are now reportedly in jeopardy.
This story is currently breaking and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE –– 3:43 pm ET: The State Department addressed the matter during a briefing this afternoon:
.@statedeptspox says "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.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) May 15, 2018
UPDATE –– 10:42 pm ET: Reuters is reporting that North Korea is now saying it will reconsider the summit if the U.S. insists that they give up their nuclear program.
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