Monday 20 August 2018 ,
Monday 20 August 2018 ,
Latest News
  • Movement for safe roads: 25 students get bail
  • Bangabandhu’s killer Rashed Chowdhury to be brought back: Law Minister
  • AL plotting to keep BNP away from election: Fakhrul
  • Multi-storey buildings to replace city slums: PM
  • Hills turn bloody: 31 killed since December last
16 May, 2018 09:06:21 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 May, 2018 10:47:33 AM
Print

N Korea cancels talks with South Korea and warns US

Independent Online/BBC
N Korea cancels talks with South Korea and warns US

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 in Singapore.

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 later tweeted.

The US state department said it was continuing to prepare for the Trump-Kim summit and that it was not aware of any changes in the North Korean position.

In short, the scheduled talks with South Korea were a follow-up to a rare summit that was held on 27 April.

They were agreed earlier this week and were set to take place at Panmunjom, a military compound in the demilitarised zone between the two countries that is often referred to as the "truce town".

Representatives had planned to discuss further details of the agreements they had made at the historic summit.

This covers things like ridding the peninsula of nuclear weapons and turning the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 into a peace treaty.

In the past, they have threatened an "all-out offensive" in response to the exercises and condemned them as pouring "gasoline on fire".

The latest drills - known as Max Thunder - involve some 100 warplanes, including an unspecified number of B-52 bombers and F-15K jets.

The North has described them as a "provocation" and preparation for a future invasion, which is something they have said before.

But the US and South Korea have always insisted the 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 US and South Korea insist their joint military drills are purely for defence purposes

North Korea fired a warning shot at the US when it announced it was cancelling Wednesday's talks with the South.

"The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-US summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities," the KCNA report said.

The BBC's South Korea correspondent Laura Bicker says the wording of the statement showed North Korea was casting doubt over talks, rather than saying they were about to be cancelled.

But the US was quick to resist any suggestion that the summit was now in doubt.

"We will continue to plan the meeting," a state department spokeswoman told reporters soon after the news of the cancelled talks broke.

She added that the US had received "no notification" of a change in the North's position

NS

 

Comments

Poll
Today's Question »
BNP said it will not accept the use of EVMs in the next general election as it can create a scope for 'digital vote rigging'. Do you agree?
 Yes
 No
 No Comment
Yes 90.3%
No 9.7%
No Comment 0.0%
Video
More World News Stories
Over 2 million Muslims begin annual hajj pilgrimage More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba from first light in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj…

Copyright © All right reserved.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman

Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
....................................................
About Us
....................................................
Contact Us
....................................................
Advertisement
....................................................
Subscription

Powered by : Frog Hosting