We'll see what happens on North Korea summit

White House says'nothing has changed on North Korea summit

The cancellation of today's talks also casts doubt on the proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in less than a month.

North Korea has threatened to abandon planned talks between Kim and Trump in June if Washington insists on pushing it "into a corner" on nuclear disarmament. During the conversation Pompeo has reportedly said that the preparations would continue for the Trump-Kim summit, "keeping in mid this action of the North".

"We have no choice but to stop the North-South high-level talk scheduled for the 16th under the ugly circumstances where there is indiscreet North-invading war fuss and fight rampage", KCNA said. "But like I said if they want to meet, the president will certainly be ready and we'll be prepared".

The statement was attributed to first vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan and carried by state media KCNA.

KCNA also denounced the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the USA and South Korea as a "rude and wicked provocation", and Seoul said it had received a message cancelling planned high-level talks "indefinitely".

With that goal suddenly in jeopardy, White House officials responded to North Korea's statement on Wednesday by pretending they never actually expected the Kim-Trump summit to take place after all.

Meanwhile, Chinese government's top diplomat, Wang Yi, said on Thursday the measures North Korea has taken to ease tension on the Korean peninsula should be acknowledged, and all other parties, especially the United States, should cherish the opportunity for peace.

Kim also condemned comments calling for "Complete, Verifiable, and Irreversible Denuclearization (CVID)" and "complete discarding of nuclear arsenals and chemical and biological weapons".

It left the White House scrambling to decipher Pyongyang's motives and analysts handicapping the prospects for the summit.

"We have already stated our intention for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearisation is to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States", Kim said.

In follow up statements, KCNA appeared to reject full "one-sided" denuclearization, a prospect that the US has stated is its primary goal in upcoming talks.

The North and South Korean Olympic teams march together in the opening ceremony for the Winter Games. "Trump surprised everybody by accepting this summit quickly and I don't think the regime was expecting it", said Thiessen.

"The exercise will proceed as planned, and regarding that, there are no differences between South and the USA", the ministry said.

The State Department refuted the allegations that these exercises are provocative in nature.

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