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North Korea cancels high level talks with South Korea putting summit in doubt

The North Korean government has cancelled high level talks with South Korea that were scheduled on Wednesday.

There are other indications that put the summit next month between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in doubt. The North is apparently balking at US demands that Kim agree to give up his nuclear weapons.

CNN:

A statement published by the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea would never accept economic assistance from the US in exchange for unilaterally abandoning its nuclear program.

Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s First Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was quoted in the article as saying the US said “it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon (nuclear weapons).”

“We have never had any expectation of US support in carrying out our economic construction and will not… make such a deal in future,” he added.

If the Trump administration was “genuinely committed” to improving ties with Pyongyang, “they will receive a deserving response,” Kim Kye Gwan said. […]

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