North Korea threatens to cancel summit over US 'provocations' May 17, 2018 0 60 12345 AFPSEOULNORTH Korea threatened on Wednesday to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump if Washington seeks to push Pyongyang into unilaterally giving up its nuclear arsenal.It also cancelled high-level talks due Wednesday with Seoul over the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the United States and South Korea, denouncing the drills as a"rude and wicked provocation".It is a sudden and dramatic return to the the rhetoric of the past by Pyongyang, after months of rapid diplomatic rapprochement on the peninsula."If the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue,"first vice foreign minister Kim Kye-gwan said in a statement carried by state media.In that case, he added, Pyongyang would have to"reconsider"its participation at the summit, due in Singapore on June 12.The North's arsenal is expected to be at the top of the agenda of the historic talks, but Pyongyang has long insisted it needs the weapons to defend itself against invasion by the US.Washington is pressing for its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. But so far the North has not given any public indication of what concessions it is offering, beyond euphemistic commitments to denuclearisation of the"Korean peninsula".Pyongyang had"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 US", minister Kim said.In the past, Pyongyang has demanded the withdrawal of the US troops stationed in the South to protect it from its neighbour, and an end to Washington's nuclear umbrella over its security ally.The minister also blasted US National Security Advisor John Bolton's talk of a"Libyan model"for North Korean denuclearisation.It was a"sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq", he said."I cannot suppress indignation at such moves of the US, and harbour doubt about the US sincerity."The North has long said it needs nuclear weapons to protect itself against a US invasion. After giving up his atomic programme, Libyan leader Moamer Qhadafi was killed in an uprising backed by NATO bombing.Minister Kim also dismissed offers by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -- who has visited Pyongyang twice in recent weeks, coming back the second time with three released US detainees - for US economic aid if the North denuclearises."We have never had any expectation of US support in carrying out our economic construction and will not at all make such a deal in future,"Kim said.In recent weeks, as well as an eye-catching summit with the South's leader last month in the Demilitarised Zone, Kim has twice met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Pyongyang has announced it will destroy its nuclear testing site next week. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Korean spy film screens at Cannes while real-world plot thickens May 17, 2018 0 407 Philippine senators ask Supreme Court to invalidate Duterte's ICC withdrawal May 17, 2018 0 50 Philippines lifts ban on workers heading to Kuwait May 17, 2018 0 53 Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ JAKARTA Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. The men had driven their car into .. United Nations extends African peace mission in Somalia NEW YORK: A UN-backed peacekeeping mission in Somalia, which faces attacks by an Al Qaeda affiliate, received unanimous Security Council backing on Tuesday until July 31. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), .. Kenyan president signs controversial cyber-crimes law AFP NAIROBI KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into law a sweeping cyber-crimes act criminalising fake news and online bullying, with clauses that critics argue could stifle press freedom. The bill .. Suspected militants free abducted police officers in Philippines MANILA Suspected Muslim militants on Wednesday freed two female police officers abducted more than two weeks ago in the southern Philippines police said. The officers were turned over to aides of the provincial .. Malaysian police 'raid' former PM Najib's home REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said. State news .. Congo receives first doses of Ebola vaccine amid outbreak REUTERS KINSHASA THE first batch of 4,000 experimental Ebola vaccines to combat an outbreak suspected to have killed 20 people arrived in Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, said a Reuters witness at the ..