China says USA should cherish opportunity for peace on Korean peninsula

China says USA should cherish opportunity for peace on Korean peninsula”

North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt on Wednesday saying it might not attend if Washington continues to insist that it unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons.

KCNA also denounced the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the United States and South Korea as a "rude and wicked provocation", and Seoul said it had received a message cancelling planned high-level talks "indefinitely".

"No decision, we haven't been notified at all".

"This is something we fully expected", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. While Kim has agreed to discuss "denuclearization", he wants a phased approach and an end to Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign of worldwide sanctions and military threats.

Kim's government cited comments in particular by Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton that Libya could serve as a model for North Korean disarmament.

He was apparently referring to the US call to start dismantling weapons and missiles in exchange for a delisting of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, the sources said. North Korea had criticized the way the USA dealt with Libya and Iraq at the time.

"If we make a deal", he said, "I think Kim Jong Un is going to be very, very happy".

The White House said it was still hopeful the summit would take place, adding Trump was prepared for a tough negotiation. "He's going to run this the way he sees fit". And as we all know that you're aware, he's the best negotiator.

Today, North Korea, through its official news agency, has issued another threat to cancel the planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. "It is essentially a manifestation of awfully sinister move [s] to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq, which had been collapsed due to the yielding of their countries to big powers", said North Korean's Vice Minister Kim Gye Gwan.

Pompeo, who returned from his second visit to Pyongyang last week with the freed Americans, has taken a softer line than Bolton, stressing the economic benefits, possibly including US investment, that could flow to North Korea if it agrees to denuclearize.

The drastic change in tone came after months of easing tension and just days after North Korea had announced it would publicly shut its nuclear test site next week and improved the mood for a USA summit by releasing the three detained Americans last week. He said the United States would not soften its demands.

KCNA called the Maximum Thunder exercises "the largest-ever and a reflection of the invariable stand of the US and South Korea to persist in the "maximum pressure and sanctions" against the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]".

The United States has demanded the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible" dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. One European diplomat says he's heard administration officials talk about the North Koreans, quote, "groveling in the face of sanctions".

North Korea views such military drills as practice for invasion of its country.

Army Col. Rob Manning says Exercise Max Thunder 2018 is created to improve the abilities of the US and South Korea to operate together.

"The test site's closedown is a gesture of goodwill by North Korea", Toloraya said.

The U.S. demand includes shipping a quantity of North Korea's nuclear warheads, nuclear materials and intercontinental ballistic missiles overseas within six months, according to the sources. -South Korea air force drills "deliberate military provocation".

In return for the dismantling, North Korea demands that the United States guarantee the safety and survival of the Kim regime as well as a peace treaty.

China is North Korea's most important economic partner and has long sought to convince it to follow Beijing's path of enacting free market reforms while maintaining tight single-party rule.

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