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N Korea cancels talks with South Korea and warns US

N Korea cancels talks with South Korea and warns US

Note: early reports are mixed. Trump has yet to respond. 06:30 AEST

North Korea has cancelled Wednesday’s high-level talks with South Korea because of anger over its joint military exercises with the US. The North’s official KCNA news agency said the exercises were a “provocation” and a rehearsal for an invasion.
It also warned the US over the fate of the historic summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump that is scheduled for 12 June.

Source: BBC
In March, Mr Trump stunned the world by accepting an invitation to meet Mr Kim.
“We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” the US leader tweeted at the time.
The US State Department said it was continuing to prepare for the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore and that it was not aware of any changes in the North Korean position.

Some 100 warplanes, including an unspecified number of B-52 bombers and F-15K jets, began the Max Thunder drills on Friday.
The US and South Korea have always insisted such drills are purely for defence purposes, and based out of a mutual defence agreement they signed in 1953.
They also say the exercises are necessary to strengthen their readiness in case of an external attack.

The talks with South Korea that had been scheduled for Wednesday were agreed earlier this week.
They were to take place at Panmunjom, a military compound in the demilitarised zone between the two countries.
Representatives from both countries had planned to discuss follow-up measures on agreements they had made at a rare summit on 27 April.
The North’s Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agreed to work to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons following the talks.
They also agreed to push towards turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty this year.
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Other points the leaders agreed in a joint statement were:
An end to “hostile activities” between the two nations
Changing the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that divides the country into a “peace zone” by ceasing propaganda broadcasts
An arms reduction in the region pending the easing of military tension
To push for four-way talks involving the US and China
Organising a reunion of families left divided by the war
Connecting and modernising railways and roads across the border
Further joint participation in sporting events, including this year’s Asian Games

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • peter beach 16/05/2018, 7:37 am

    …. and so the games begin.

  • Graham Richards 16/05/2018, 8:11 am

    Talks are dead in the water. Fat boy never had any intentions of peace. That only road now, unfortunately is armed confrontation
    Fat boy still imagines he’ll outsmart Trump. Bad move!

  • DT 16/05/2018, 8:16 am

    He announced that the NK nuclear test facility will be demolished.

    It already has been, the mountain above caved in after the last explosion and there was a sink hole beneath too.

  • Popular Front 16/05/2018, 8:24 am

    …and to the surprise of absolutely no-one, the Norks go back on their word.

  • Tom 16/05/2018, 8:27 am

    I read somewhere over the last few weeks (sorry, no link) a similar report to what DT mentioned – that the DPRK’s main nuclear facility had suffered a major accident where most of its underground area was destroyed and many of its technicians and scientists killed, hence Kim is negotiating on ‘giving up’ – (you can bet, for huge amounts of aid and other concessions by the US) – facilities that he has already lost, either to an act of God or a bit of ‘James Bond-ing’ by one or more Western/South Korean spook agencies.

    The leopard doesn’t change its spots, so, even if this report is true, Kim won’t be able to resist squeezing this to the fullest extent and to the DPRK’s maximum advantage. What remains to be seen is how ‘The Donald’ will react to the almost totally certain wriggles and evasions Kim’s will insert into any negotiations.

  • Penguinite 16/05/2018, 12:06 pm

    I don’t expect that Trump will be surprised either!!

    • Joe Blogs 16/05/2018, 5:12 pm

      When referring to NK, Trump’s said all along, “… we’ll see what happens”.

      • Joe Blogs 17/05/2018, 8:56 am

        He’s also said repeatedly that he’s prepared to walk out of the meeting.

  • Clarion Call 16/05/2018, 3:43 pm

    Kimbers needs his timbers rammed so far up his cakehole he’ll be spitting chips for a month. Cut out the time consuming B/S talks and meetings and just bomb the absolute crap out of all NK’s facilities along with the fat toad and his bum licking cronies. Will happen sooner or later. I’d bet that DJT already has plans in place for that outcome.

  • luk1955 17/05/2018, 7:33 am

    Of course, the Yanks can always station 2 nuclear subs, with nuke missiles, 200 km off the coast of NK. Then when they see a missile being launched, send those sub nukes into NK. 3 or 4 nukes landing in NK will get the message across, and bring those NKs to the table in a hurry.

  • Lorraine 17/05/2018, 9:57 am

    Little fat rocket man, had a brain seizure and we are back to nukes . Obama and Hilary kill dictators and he thinks Trump will do the same if he gives up his weapons. Obama what a mess he gave us all, but we know what the left are about, compassion and that feely good do nothing that may cause offence.

  • Margaret 17/05/2018, 11:48 am

    Q says the story about cancelling the talks is “FAKE ” news.

    Are you following Q? I am not on Twitter, I just read Qanon Twitter, 72 Seconds Twitter have great discussions about the meaning of Q’s posts.

  • Clarion Call 17/05/2018, 9:07 pm

    Sorry, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this Q person will turn out to be ‘fake news’….someone in mum’s basement sending out cryptic five word messages he/she dreams up to titillate and confuse conservative followers. If you need to get the real info on what is happening in US politics at the moment…without the half-suspense…Sundance (Conservative Treehouse) is the man. His exposure of the people and events/corruption is the definitive storyboard in full colour. American Thinker provides another sound source for inside information on the current saga.

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