'We'll see' on North Korea's threat to abandon summit

'We'll see' on North Korea's threat to abandon summit

US President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday said Pyongyang has not informed Washington about a possible cancellation of the planned summit in Singapore on June 12.

In the run-up to the summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, expect more twists and turns.

On Wednesday, the North also threatened to cancel the unprecedented summit with the US if it comes under continued pressure to "unilaterally" abandon its nuclear program.

Trump maintains the scheduled June 12 meeting in Singapore is on track, despite the North's threat on Wednesday to cancel over concerns about the USA push to see the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The KCNA describes the US-South Korea exercise saying, "Involved in the drill are over 100 fighters of various missions including B-52 strategic nuclear bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters under the supervision of the USA imperialist aggressor forces in South Korea and the South Korean air force".

North Korea, in an angrily-worded statement, had warned that it may back out of the high-level summit if the USA pressures it to give up its nuclear arsenal, specifically targeting Bolton.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Tuesday that officials "haven't heard anything. that we wouldn't continue with [military] exercises and planning for summit".

On Wednesday, Trump told reporters that "we will see" when asked whether the summit was still on. Further, just last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea, which was nearly unprecedented for a sitting US official. ". The U.S. must contemplate on the fate of the scheduled Korea-U.S. head meeting with the provocative military situation created with the South Korean government".

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KCNA said the North objected to the U.S.

At a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in last month, Mr Kim reaffirmed his commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Trump insisted he would continue to demand denuclearization despite North Korea's threat.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the United States would agree to lift sanctions on North Korea if it agreed to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons programme.

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"If the United States is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and can not but reconsider our proceeding to the D.P.R.K. -U.S. summit", the statement from Kim Kye-kwan read.

His statement came hours after Jong-Un threatened to cancel his summit with Trump, scheduled for June 12, if the US insisted that North Korea completely abandon its nuclear weapons. "The recent demands by North Korea in advance of the summit with the United States are unsurprising", said Anish Goel, an Asia expert with think tank New America. He said the U.S. would not soften its demands.