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North Korea Suspends Peace Talks With South, Threatens to Abandon Trump Summit

North Korea Suspends Peace Talks With South, Threatens to Abandon Trump Summit

Canceling high-level talks scheduled with counterparts in Seoul this week, Pyongyang urges Trump administration to “undertake careful deliberations” about how military exercises could negatively diplomatic progress.

Pointing to “provocative” military drills the U.S. and South Korean air forces are conducting in the region, North Korea is warning that the war games could jeopardize a highly anticipated summit scheduled to take place in Singapore next month, which is supposed to bring together the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The warning came as the North abruptly canceled a Wednesday meeting with representatives from South Korea just hours in advance. Denouncing the “Max Thunder” joint drills that kicked off on Friday, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North’s state media, said:

This exercise targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula…

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