Trump-North Korea summit LIVE: War of words may cancel meeting

Trump-North Korea summit LIVE: War of words between Washington and Pyongyang threatens to cancel meeting

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Hopes of a historic summit between the US and North Korea are dwindling fast after an official from Pyongyang resorted to childish name-calling.

Choe Son Hui, a vice minister for foreign affairs, labelled Mike Pence a ‘political dummy’ and said North Korea would not ‘beg’ for a diplomatic meeting between the two nations. 

Her comments are likely to increase tensions between the two states, as she added North Korea was just as willing to meet in a nuclear confrontation than at the negotiating table.

It comes after Pence’s remarks that Kim Jong-un may end up like former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who gave up his nuclear weapons but was killed eight years later.

The likelihood of the schedule June 12 summit in Singapore seems even more remote as the schism between the sides appears to widen.

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The BBC has produced an article detailing a number of subjects the US and North Korea should tread carefully on, if their proposed summit does go ahead on June 12.

Among them includes military drills, abductions and dictatorships.

Read more here.

Japan’s Prime Minister is travelling to Russia today to hold talks with Putin.

Shinzo Abe is planning to reaffirm Russia’s cooperation in efforts to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

The two world leaders are also planning to discuss economic projects on a disputed islands as a step towards solving a decades-old territorial row.

China wants the planned US-North Korea summit to run smoothly, its foreign ministry spokesman said.

A statement from China added that both countries should cherish the dialogue and make the most of it to ensure a positive outcome.

Choe Son Hui certainly did not hold back when criticising the US vice president Mike Pence.

She was quoted in North Korea’s state agency KCNA, saying: ‘We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” KCNA quoted her as saying.

‘Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behaviour of the United States.’

She was responding to recent quotes made by Mr Pence to Fox News this week that it would be a ‘mistake’ for the North Koreans to think they can ‘play’ Donald Trump.

North Korea is expected to destroy its Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, despite renewed tensions between the US and Pyongyang.

Foreign journalists have flown in to witness the event, which is due to take place today or tomorrow depending on the weather.

The Punggye-ri site, in the east of the country, is where North Korea has carried out all six of its nuclear tests. 

 

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