A man in front of a television screen showing US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul on May 16, 2018
North Korea has threatened Wednesday to cancel the summit next month between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump if Washington tried to force it to unilaterally give up its nuclear arsenal.
If the administration of the US President „puts us on the wall and unilaterally demands that we give up the nuclear weapon, we would have no more interest in discussions and we should reconsider the question of whether to accept the upcoming summit between North Korea and the United States, „Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan was quoted by the official KCNA news agency as saying.
Washington calls for „the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization“ of North Korea.
At a rare inter-Korean summit last month in Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed their commitment to „total denuclearization“ of the peninsula.
But this formula is subject to interpretation and the North has still not made public the possible concessions it proposes.
„We have already expressed our readiness to establish a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and repeatedly declare that the United States must put an end to its hostile policy towards North Korea and its nuclear threats as preconditions,“ said the deputy minister. .
In the past, Pyongyang demanded the withdrawal of US troops deployed to the south to protect Seoul from its neighbor, as well as the end of the US nuclear umbrella over its ally.
The North Korean minister also fired on US National Security Advisor John Bolton, who spoke of the „Libyan model“ for the denuclearization of North Korea.
This is a „very sinister attempt to subject North Korea to the fate of Libya and Iraq.“
„I can not hold back my anger at this American policy,“ said Kim Kye Gwan. Pyongyang „doubts that the United States really wants to improve relations with North Korea through dialogue and negotiation,“ he added.
The North has long argued that it needs the atomic weapon to protect itself from an American invasion.
After giving up its nuclear program, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an uprising sustained by NATO bombing.