North Korea says nuclear talks at risk if US-South Korea exercises go ahead
North Korea on Tuesday warned that planned talks between the US an North Korea over the latter’s nuclear program may not be realized if the US fails to cancel joint military exercises with South Korea that are set to take place in August. A North Korean spokesman referred to the scheduled exercises as “an actual drill and a rehearsal of war aimed at militarily occupying our Republic by surprise attack.”
Washington and Pyongyang only recently agreed to hold new talks after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un held a surprise meeting in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. That was the first meeting between Trump and Kim since a February summit that collapsed.