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North Korea Threatens To Pull Out Of Summit

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North Korea Threatens To Pull Out Of Summit

North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it give up its nuclear weapons.

The highly anticipated meeting between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on June 12.

But in an angry statement, North Korea's vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring sinister intentions, reports the BBC.

He pointed the finger squarely at US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"We do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him," Kim Kye-gwan said.

Bolton recently said North Korea could follow a "Libya model" of verifiable denuclearisation, but this alarms Pyongyang, which watched Libya's Colonel Gaddafi give up his nuclear program only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

According to CNN, North Korea's "warning delivered a jolt of reality, underscoring that despite weeks of positive steps by North Korea and Trump's gusher of praise for Kim, the process of negotiating with the inscrutable state remains as treacherous as ever."

First, North Korea shocked Washington by lashing out at US-South Korea military drills, saying they could lead to the summit being scrapped. Then in a more ominous development, it warned that if the White House required the dismantling of its nuclear arsenal up front, there was little point in talking.