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North Korea Cancels Talks with South, Questions Trump-Kim Summit

2018-05-16

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  • North Korea has cancelled a high-level meeting with South Korea over its joint military exercises with the United States.
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  • The North also is raising questions about the upcoming meeting between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
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  • The two Koreas were set to meet Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom.
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  • The sides are expecting to plan military and Red Cross discussions in an effort to reduce tension.
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  • They also planned to discuss reuniting families separated by the Korean War.
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  • South Korea’s Yonhap new agency reported that the North cancelled hours before the meeting.
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  • The report questioned whether the June 12 meeting in Singapore between Kim and Trump would happen as planned.
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  • North Korea said the reason for the cancellation was the ongoing U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
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  • The two-week military exercises started Friday.
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  • North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency said, “The United States will also have to undertake careful deliberations about the fate of the planned North Korea-U.S. summit in light of this provocative military ruckus jointly conducted with the South Korean authorities.”
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  • Heather Nauert is a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department.
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  • She said the U.S. had no information from North Korea about plans to cancel the meeting.
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  • She added the U.S. continues to plan for the meeting.
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  • The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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  • South Korea’s National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong met with Kim in March.
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  • He said the North Korean leader understood that “routine” joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S. would continue.
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  • But North Korea did not publicly withdraw its long-standing demand for an end to joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
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  • On Tuesday, North Korea’s state newspaper also said it is “unacceptable and “extremely rude” for the U.S. to voice concerns about human rights abuses.
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  • Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department issued a statement voicing concerns over human rights abuses in North Korea.
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  • I’m Jonathan Evans.
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