North Korean missile launch Nov 2017

North Korea: No Interest In "One-Sided" Summit With US

North Korea's first vice foreign minister said they're not interested in a summit that's about one-sided demands for them to give up 'nukes'...

North Korean missile launch Nov 2017

A test-fire of a Hwasong-15 long-range ballistic missile in November 2017. Image: KCNA/UPI.

North Korea has no interest in a summit with the United States if it is going to be a "one-sided" affair where it is pressured to give up its nuclear weapons, the country's first vice foreign minister said.

Earlier North Korea cancelled a high-level meeting with South Korea and threatened to scrap the historic summit next month between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over military exercises between Seoul and Washington.

North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced the cancellation hours before the two Koreas were to meet at a border village to discuss how to reduce military tensions along the border and improve overall ties.

Moon Jae-In and Kim Jong-Un, Apr 27, 2018
Moon Jae-In and Kim Jong-Un on April 27. Credit: PA

KCNA called the two-week Max Thunder drills, which began Monday and reportedly include about 100 aircraft, an "intended military provocation" and an "apparent challenge" to an April summit between Mr Kim and South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

North Korea's first vice foreign minister, Kim Kye Gwan, later released a statement saying Pyongyang has no interest in a "one-sided" summit.

He criticised recent comments by Mr Trump's top security adviser John Bolton and other US officials who have been talking about how the North should follow the "Libyan model" of nuclear disarmament and provide a "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement".

He also took issue with US views that the North should also fully relinquish its biological and chemical weapons.

"We will appropriately respond to the Trump administration if it approaches the North Korea-US summit meeting with a truthful intent to improve relations," he said.

"But we are no longer interested in a negotiation that will be all about driving us into a corner and making a one-sided demand for us to give up our nukes."

"This would force us to reconsider whether we would accept the North Korea-US summit meeting."