N. Korea cancels high-level talks with S. Korea, threatens to nix U.S. summit

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U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Wednesday it was unclear if his summit with North Korea would go ahead after Pyongyang threatened to pull out of the unprecedented meeting, a move that could deny him a potentially major foreign policy achievement

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In a surprise development, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Retd.) V.K.Singh has reached Pyongyang for talks with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) government, the official Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported on Wednesday.

During the visit on May 15-16, that was previously unannounced, Mr. Singh met with DPRK Vice President Kim Yong Dae, and the Foreign and Culture ministers on “a range of issues covering political, regional, economic, educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries,” a statement from the MEA said.

According to the statement, DPRK officials discussed recent peace initiatives with the Republic of Korea (South Korea) as well as proposed talks with the United States. Mr. Singh raised the issue of DPRK links with Pakistan.

“[Mr. Singh] highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation, in particular India’s concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India’s neighbourhood. The DPRK side emphasized that as a friendly country DPRK will never allow any action that would create concerns for India’s security,” the statement added.

The visit by Gen. Singh closely followed the presentation of credentials by the new Indian Ambassador Atul Gotsurve, indicating the meeting had been fixed quite recently.

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Do in the end, do you think the summit will go forward?

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Thu May 17, 2018 1:11 am

DEFCONWarningSystem wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 12:36 am
Do in the end, do you think the summit will go forward?
Only with China's guidance can we see any progress on the Korean peninsula. From what ive read so far, China says proceed, in front of the sences that is.
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Thu May 17, 2018 1:48 am

DEFCONWarningSystem wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 12:36 am
Do in the end, do you think the summit will go forward?
I think it will. Both Trump and Kim have so much invested in this summit. It just seems like NK is posturing, and trying to make themselves look big and important.

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Thu May 17, 2018 2:10 am

willrod1989 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 1:48 am
DEFCONWarningSystem wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 12:36 am
Do in the end, do you think the summit will go forward?
I think it will. Both Trump and Kim have so much invested in this summit. It just seems like NK is posturing, and trying to make themselves look big and important.
I agree

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Thu May 17, 2018 11:32 am

Thought I would give you a translation of Russian and NK articles on this issue. Sorry for a bad grammar, I am focusing on speed.


"We no longer take interest in talks that follow a goal of putting us into a corner and force us unilaterally reject our nuclear weapons" (DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

This is in fact an ulitmatum to US, demanding to stop its politics of threats to Pyongyang. Announced summit in Singapore with Trump and Kim may still commence, if US will stop its politics of threats and one-sided demands. As it was already said before, do not mistake peacefullness and weakness. US did not heed to this, thus DPRK is showing that it may easily abandon whatever agreements they've already reached, due to rude US behaviour and military drills, which were the last drop in this case. When DPRK is talking about unilaterallity, they mean they want US to remove its military from South Korea, as a part of its payment for denuclearization. US does not eager to remove its military and keeps clanking its weapons. Thus, any one-sided talks about denuclearization are not interesting for DPRK, and niether to China.

Any kind of deal like "destroy your nuclear weapons and we will remove our sanctions" is not interesting either. DPRK has been living with sanctions for a very long time and it is not as woried by it as US think. "US are talking about granting us economical benefits in case we destroy our nukes. We are not expecting that US will build our economy and will not accept this deal" (DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

This is too petty for exchanging nuclear weapons. This questions is connected with military and politics, and DPRK is constantly reminding of it. For this deal to be made US should be prepared for something substantional, that would satisfy both DPRK and China.

Cancellation of the talks with Southern Korea and threats to US is still a warning. US has a couple of weeks to rethink its approach to DPRK, which looks unlikely. If things will go on as they are now, DPRK will not have any other choices but to deannounce its talks with US.
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Thu May 17, 2018 12:24 pm

1st Deputy Minster of Foreign Affairs issued a statement for press on May 16.

Kim Chen Un made a strategic decision to abandon our bad history of relationships between DPRK and US, gave two audiences to Pompeo, made indeed important mesaures for peace and stability on Korean peninsula. I embraced Mr. Trumps position to remove our long-term hostile relationship and improve it. I expressed some hope that forthcoming summit will be a huge step in stimulating peace on Korean peninsula and in building a better future. But on the eve of summit, US are talking trash, severely irritating its summit partner. This is most unfortunate situation, which can only disappoint.

High-rank WH officials, including mr.Bolton, promote "first remove nuclear weapons and receive compensation afterwards" variant. And without a second of hesitation they talk trash about some form of denuclearization "Libya-style". A full, utmost removal of all nuclear, rocket and biochemical weapons. This is not aimed at resolving this through a dialog. And in fact it is a plan to force our country to repeat the bitter fate of Libya and Iraq, that were crushed and plundered.

I am unable to hold my anger from such behavior and I doubt US are really interested in improving relationships between DPRK and US through a healthy dialog. It is obvious our country is not Libya or Iraq, who came to a tragic end. The whole idea of comparing Libya, who had its nuclear program on the very beginning step and us, who already possess nuclear weapons, is absurdly stupid. We already acknowledged who is Mr.Bolton and we are not hiding our antipathy against him. The perspective of forthcoming summit depends on whether Trump administration will hear to the words of "fake patriots", talking trash about "libyan style" demilitarization.

We already expressed our readiness to nuclear demilitarization and we pointed out that prerequisites for it should be complete stop of hostile politics towards DPRK, nuclear threat and intimidation by US. But now, US mistakenly believes that our peacefullness is a sign of weakness and try to make it look like as if this is a consequence of their sanctions and pressure.

US yells that if we abandon our nuclear weapons, they will provide economical compensations and benefits, but we have never been building our economy based on hopes of US help, nor will we do so in the future. Trumps administration, despite saying it will adopt a new approach, is actually using the old project of interacting with DPRK used by previous administrations back then when we had no nuclear weapons. This is a very naive comedy.

If President Trump will repeat the mistakes of its predecessors, despite his willingness to make a better progress, he will remain the most unsuccessful president in US history, who faced the biggest failure.

If US will sincerely enter the fileds of summit with the wish to improve our relationship, this no doubt will be met positively. However if they will try to corner us with one-sided approach to denuclearize us, we will no longer expess interest in such a dialog and will recall our agreement to this meeting.

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Thu May 17, 2018 1:58 pm

North Korea says it won't hold talks with the 'incompetent' South unless differences are settled

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/17/north-k ... ttled.html
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Thu May 17, 2018 8:17 pm

North Korea says high-level talks with the South have been suspended “indefinitely,” blaming its neighbor for military drills with the U.S. and letting “human scum” hurt the country’s dignity.
Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, urged South Korea in a statement on Thursday to address the North’s concerns, rather than ‘trying to blame’ the North for the break in diplomacy.
Ri condemned South Korea for the ongoing drills with the U.S., describing it as a rehearsal for an attack on North Korea. “On the other hand, they let human scum hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and its social system and speak ill of the historic Panmunjom Declaration at the National Assembly,” he said.
“In this regard, the DPRK took a resolute step of postponing the North-South high-level talks indefinitely until the South Korean authorities take a responsible measure,” Ri said, referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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