Kim-Trump summit on the brink: North Korea says it will NOT attend historic peace meeting if the US insists it give up its nuclear weapons and blasts ‘repugnant’ John Bolton

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

North Korea has threatened to walk away from the June 12 summit with Trump
Statement attacked National Security Adviser John Bolton for insisting the North would have to give up its weapons before sanctions were lifted
The US must stop ‘hostile policy, nuclear threats and blackmail’ of the North as a ‘precondition’ for denuclearisation, the statement said
The North also accused America and South Korea of ‘rehearsing for an invasion’ by continuing to carry out joint military drills

16 May 2018

North Korea has threatened to walk away from its summit with President Trump if the US refuses to lift sanctions until after its nukes have been dismantled.

In a blistering statement the hermit state criticized the US and South Korea for holding joint military drills, saying they are preparing for an invasion of the North.

A second statement then attacked ‘repugnant’ National Security Adviser John Bolton for suggesting that the North would have to give up its weapons first, before being compensated later.

Instead, America will have to end ‘hostile policy, nuclear threats and blackmail’ as a ‘precondition’ for denuclearisation, the North said.

The statement, attributed to first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan, continues: ‘It is a ridiculous comedy to see that the Trump administration, claiming to take a different road from previous administrations, still clings to the outdated policy on the DPRK – a policy pursued by previous administrations at the time when the DPRK was at the stage of nuclear development.

‘If President Trump follows in the footsteps of his predecessors, he will be recorded as more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors, far from his initial ambition to make unprecedented success.

‘If the Trump administration takes an approach to the DPRK-US summit with sincerity for improved DPRK-US relations, it will receive a deserved response from us.

‘However, if the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-US summit.’

DPRK is an acronym for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The statement takes particular issue with Bolton and his suggestion that the North follow a Libya-style program of disarmament.

Over a decade ago, Libya under then-ruler Muammar Gaddafi agreed to give up its nuclear and chemical weapons program – only to have the West lead a military effort to remove Gaddafi from power after the Arab Spring in 2011.

The regime branded that suggestion ‘awfully sinister’, saying it was an attempt to impose the ‘miserable fate’ of Iraq or Libya on the North.

‘We shed light on the quality of Bolton in the past,’ the statement adds, ‘and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance toward him’.

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